The Courier

Internet no match for doctors — or moms

When your nose runs, your head hurts and you become dizzy, do you call the doctor? Or, do you first consult the Internet? With so much information online, it is difficult to resist opening a new tab next to the one open for Facebook and Googling symptoms. Folks are so accustomed to researching their symptoms online that we have several symptom checker apps that can provide possible diagnoses for what ails us. How wonderful to live in an age where we can verify whether or not we even need to see a doctor by checking the Internet first.
The Courier

This is what happens when you are a ‘good parent’

After nearly two and half decades of raising kids — well, raising boys — I have a warning for all of the young, idealistic parents out there. It is a serious, fervent warning for which you must take heed. Otherwise, you could find yourself in my shoes in another decade or two. Talking decades probably makes you scoff and shake off my cautionary pleas. I remember well my elders saying it would be but a blink of an eye before my children would be grown. The elders did not lie. And today, I am truthful to you when I say that in no time, you will be speaking in terms of decades, as well.
The Courier-Tribune

Football fare works for historical soaps and book clubs, too

The teams are selected. Well, that is assuming by the time you read this, the Patriots have not been eliminated due to lack of inflation or lackflation, if you will. Regardless of how the lackflation scandal pans out — I simply refuse to use “Deflatriots,” as it is a team-specific slur and I prefer to create a word that can be interchangeably used to put down any team that fails to pump its balls appropriately — I am quite certain two professional football teams will play a game on Feb. 1.
The Courier-Tribune

Internet of things could alleviate pesky thinking

That I can click a print icon on my laptop while sitting in the sun-room and then hear my printer, situated in my office upstairs, wake up and print a document, is impressive. Wireless connectivity is a modern convenience those addicted to tech gadgets have come to rely upon for work and entertainment. When the power is out due to a winter storm that makes venturing out impossible for a day or more, we have to rack our brains to remember how to entertain ourselves without electronics.