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Burton Cole

Don’t tell me I’m growing up!

It’s finally come to this. I tried to deny it. Ignore it and it will go away. La, la, la, la, I can’t hear you. Despite my best Peter Pan efforts, it happened anyway. I fear that I am growing up. I pondered this while sipping my wife’s coffee. That’s when I knew. For more than 60 ...

Following gender roles, or maybe not

Pro tip for husbands: I have never been yelled at for washing dishes. I have been told ahead of time to leave the dishes alone, that it’s not my responsibility, that she’ll wash them when she comes home. But I’ve noted that if I sneak into the kitchen and do them, I don’t get a ...

Readers submit jokes for humor therapy

Once again, happy National Humor Month. Last week, I regaled you with granddad jokes (I’m too old to qualify for dad jokes), then invited you to send in your own to share. National Humor Month was established in April 1976 to promote the therapeutic value of humor. After the last 13 or 14 ...

Let’s get ready to laugh — or groan

Hey, it’s National Humor Month! Let’s celebrate with grins and giggles — or possibly with corny groaners. Author and humorist Larry Wilde founded National Humor Month in April 1976 to bring public awareness to the therapeutic value of humor. And really, after 2020, we need a couple ...

The peril of spring cleaning

The great philosopher William Morris once advised: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is probably why the two most dreaded words in the English language for me are “spring cleaning.” I never know if I’m going to make the ...

Lessons from an old Allis-Chalmers

Everything I needed to know in life, I learned driving an orange Allis-Chalmers tractor. At the time, it felt like some of the most boring, sweat-soaked days of my teenaged life. Dad refused to trade in the old Allis for a modern farm tractor with an air-conditioned cab and built-in stereo ...