Joe Weaver

Joe Weaver

Friday, 25 September 2020 13:45

COLUMN: I'm a lousy pen pal

The other night, after dinner, my wife pointed to a small stack of mail on my desk. She had noticed it getting a little taller and eventually it caught her attention. She picked it up and dropped it on the keyboard of my laptop. 

Once again, America has found itself at crunch time. We are a stone's throw from another presidential election. 

There has been a lot of talk these days about the human casualties of the pandemic. It is a very serious subject and I am not here to make light of it. To do so would be offensive and ignorant and I try my very best not to be either. 

Well, most of the time. 

Friday, 28 August 2020 15:40

COLUMN: Suggestions for column topics

I have had difficulty lately coming up with new and fresh topics for the column. When you write a column pretty much every week for five years, you have to be conscious of repetition. Repetition of not only topics, but jokes, one-liners and anecdotes as well. 

Friday, 14 August 2020 13:51

COLUMN: Tired of all the nonsense

Across the country, in the next few weeks, school children should be going back to classrooms and seeing friends and meeting teachers and preparing for a new school year. As we all know, 2020 is not playing by the same rules as other years and a lot of school systems are not opening for in school learning right away, if at all.

Friday, 07 August 2020 13:26

COLUMN: Celebrating five years in print

Aug. 14, 2020 will mark the five-year anniversary of this column. It has outlasted a few editors, one newspaper, and three laptops. This column has won an award, has been shared internationally by some readers and has even generated one or two letters of fan mail.

I heard a radio spot this morning talking about "The New Normal." I was quite confused, as I had understood what we as a nation were going through was temporary.

I asked someone how they were doing earlier today and I got one of those stock answers everyone gives when they didn't have a particularly swell week, but don't want to burden the person asking how their week was by telling them all the gory details. 

For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and, thinking back, I don't believe we ever had a patio. I'm not sure if it was just dumb luck or the fact that the apartments with balconies were in better neighborhoods and less affordable than the apartments we wound up in. 

A lot of you have written to me and told me how much you enjoy the columns about the cats.

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