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Lauren the Builder

Here’s a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between my 5-year-old daughter, Lauren, and some construction workers. I embellished it only slightly. It will make you believe that we can all make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time....

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Greater Than the Yum of Its Parts

Just putting an idea out into the universe: The company "Yum!" has owned a number of fast food brands over the years, resulting in some of them being located under the same roof. Go »

Oscars 2023

What does it say that a film about a symphony doesn't get a nod for Best Original Score? Go »

Rock Block Rebus Redux

Difficulty elevator stops half-way between basement and penthouse. Now is a good time to browse the "I Need a Job, Mate" department. Go »

Hotel California

Steve, I appreciate the ideas, especially letting players provide puzzles of their own. I just replied to the email that you sent me about this. Go »

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

Excellent advice! I have no doubt that the quality of every aspect of a cruise would be of a high caliber, but of course that's meaningless if I'm not interested in most of them and could replicate the rest far less expensively at home. Go »

The Bear That Wasn't Watchable

I keep seeing praise for The Bear, Hulu's surprise-hit series about the aggressively mean workers at a busy Chicago restaurant. Go »