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Burton Cole

Nothing succeeds like failure — and power naps

My life didn’t end when I failed. It just felt like it. There are only so many times a person gets knocked down before he says, “While I’m lying here, I might as well take a nap. I’ll get back up and try again later. Maybe. We’ll see.” I grew up in an era when failure “built ...

World’s most dangerous question: Are you busy?

Perhaps the world’s most treacherous question is, “Are you busy?” Danger, Will Robinson! You’re about to be in trouble. Way back when I was a cub reporter and dinosaurs roamed the earth, my editor caught me leafing through that day’s edition of the stone tablets. He tugged on his ...

Why aren’t brownies, potato salad superfoods?

Why isn’t potato salad a superfood? Or barbecued chicken wings? Or hot fudge brownie sundaes? They all sound super to me. My professional health care provider disagrees. Superfoods turn out to be weird substances like chia seeds, quinoa and kale that technically might not be food at ...

Old cars and aging drivers — we’re classics

Finally! I’m above average. Or at least my car is. The average age of vehicles on U.S. roadways is 12.1 years, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. I find that surprising. Not the age of the cars — but that there’s a Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Somebody has ...

July forecast: Partly weird with ice cream

June’s been a little rough. The hot water heater died, turning showers into a chilling experience; there were unexpected family field trips to hospitals; and no one, not even me, baked a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. July has to be better. I peeked ahead on the calendars of ...

If you were an animal, would you have fleas?

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? That has to be one of the worst job interview questions ever, right up there with if you were a tree what kind of tree would you be? Listen, if you’re hiring a proboscis monkey to run the drill press or a maple sapling to drive a tow ...