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Pen & Ink: A new scam

The scam goes something like this:

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Pen & Ink: June 16, 2013

According to what little I know about Bloomsday, which I’ve read about in such trustworthy places as on the Internet, it’s named after the character Leopold Bloom.

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Pen & Ink: Wiretapping, horseracing and fresh tomatoes

It always amazes me that broadcasters can build two hours of programing around a two-minute event.

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Pen & Ink: Power of the press

Just the other day, Thursday in fact, a series of events began to unfold that led to a visit here by Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal on Monday.

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Pen & Ink: Time of disaster

Those who work in emergency and disaster response are truly shining lights in the aftermath of the storm.

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Pen & Ink: Festival season

Festival season is upon us, folks, and if you don’t already have plans to attend several of many taking place in the area in the coming weeks and months, it’s time to make them.

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Pen & Ink: Ah-choo!

It started Sunday with a little tickle, rising slowly up the back of my throat, like the first rising signs of sickness, a cold.

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Pen & Ink: Days Gone By

Sometimes it’s a few minutes that have gone by unnoticed. Sometimes it’s years.

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Pen & Ink: Changing Times

The Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona springs forward and falls back, but the rest of the state says no thanks.

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Pen & Ink: Reporting for duty

Such a contingent of reporters in one place might make some in powerful or influential positions a bit nervous.

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Pen & Ink: Robert Frost

In “The Road Not Taken,” Frost writes about choosing the road less traveled, but also desiring to take both roads, were it an option.

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Pen & Ink: Not Getting Sick

If you’re interested in a vacation for a few months, there has apparently been no flu activity reported in Guam.

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Pen & Ink: Light Pollution

The images, in effect, depict the clear night sky that residents would actually see over their city, if they’d only turn off the lights.

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Pen & Ink: Best laid plans

So instead of getting plans in place for this week, or this weekend, or this month, perhaps it’s a good idea to get some plans in place for the year and beyond.

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Pen & Ink: Harm's Way

It is by some small miracle that they are allowed to return home safely to their loved ones.

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Pen & Ink: The giving season

Thankfully, though, there are still a few bright spots in which, if you look hard enough, you can see a spirit of humility, charity, brotherhood, neighborliness and good will.

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Pen & Ink: Thanksgiving

Where we’re at ain’t all that bad

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Pen & Ink: Trick-or-Treat

When I was younger, Dad would get off work and take me safely around the neighborhood to knock on doors and yell “Trick-or-treat!” at strangers eager to hand over fun size 3 Musketeers bars and little packets of candy corns.

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Pen & Ink: Newspaper Week

But what gives a community newspaper its strength is the community it serves, and in many ways a community newspaper gives strength back to its community.

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Pen & Ink: The Art of News

News photos themselves have an artistic quality when well executed.

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Pen & Ink: Festival Season

Don’t let this fall season pass you by without taking a little bit of it for yourself.

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Pen & Ink: Kickoff

For the athletes, it means having an opportunity to learn, grow, excel and develop leadership.

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Pen & Ink: Keys to the Kingdom

I like to keep my place locked up when I’m not there. That’s where I keep all my stuff.

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Pen & Ink: Curiouser and Curiouser

Averting a $2.5 billion wreck, and other things to do on Mars.

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Pen & Ink: Summer splendor

By far the best way to enjoy this sweet treat is between two slices of wheat bread with a smear of mayo, a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper.

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Pen & Ink: Not as I do

Hopefully my rationale will seem reasonable to you.

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Pen & Ink: Adopt early, adopt often

Innovators, you might guess, are the very small minority on the left of the bell curve that are among the first to embrace the latest in terabytes and tea kettles.

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Pen & Ink: Father knows best

I’m grateful for being allowed to try.

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Pen & Ink: Pick a Topic

I didn’t notice it, but if it had gotten much closer, we might all have noticed it.

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Pen & Ink: Mother's Day

People pass through our lives sometimes before we even realize they’ve come and gone

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Pen & Ink: And I feel fine

I have enough trouble planning for next week, much less seven months in advance.

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Pen & Ink: Seeing the light

Can’t you see yourself going out and stocking up?

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Pen & Ink: Wake-up Call

Pretty ingenious idea, forcing someone to get up out of bed and at least try to remember what day it is.

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Pen & Ink: Failing to fail

In both instances, I crashed to the ground trying to break my fall with my hands.

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Pen & Ink: On a shelf

I often wondered, and still do, whether the teachers ever checked the citations for accuracy, or whether they made us do it just for our own good.

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Pen & Ink: Some Place

The place almost has a spirit of its own, a certain quality in the air and in the grass and in the wide slats of the wooden floors.

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Pen & Ink: Leap Year

Imagine if you only had a birthday every four years.

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Pen & Ink: Blue Marble

Talk about super-wide-angle photography.

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Pen & Ink: Importance of being Phil

No, it’s not the Nevada caucuses. It’s not Super Tuesday.

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Pen & Ink: Every one counts

The idea is to prevent voters where the polls are open later from being unduly influenced by what voters do in places where the polls close earlier.

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Pen & Ink: On Letters

I for one am as guilty as anybody, though I still like to, whenever possible, pay some bills by check and letter carrier.

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Pen & Ink: So it begins?

And at least one seemingly hasn’t stopped since he last ran in 2008.

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Pen & Ink: Having resolve

As the great English philosopher, Lennon, once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

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Pen & Ink: Blue marbles

They’ve dubbed it Kepler-22b, after the Kepler telescope used to discover it hurling itself around a star believed to be similar to our own sun.

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Pen & Ink: Looking back

We can also trigger that feeling on purpose, by ordering that lasagna knowing full well it will give us a memory of another time and place.

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Pen & Ink: Black Friday

There are a couple things on my holiday wish list I hoped you might keep in mind for me this year.

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Pen & Ink: Being thankful

Failures, too, make us who we are, and maybe we would do well to be just as thankful for them.

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Pen & Ink: Manning up

That slogan could also be applied to for-men-only beer, barbecue, chili, cole slaw and potato salad.

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Pen & Ink: Wednesday wanderings

When you command that much attention, and that much of a bounty, you must be doing something to make somebody mad.

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Pen & Ink: The Thinker

Like any compelling and universal form of art, the mystery and the ambiguity make the sculpture that much more accessible.

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Pen & Ink: The awe of nature

There was also an outpouring of generosity and goodwill that made its way from much of the rest of the country to the Gulf Coast region.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: Aug. 10

I've never been afraid of a good, long drive. Road trips are kind of an American institution and I've always been a fan of rambling across blacktop, whether in the heat of August or under thick, pillowy, overcast January skies.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: Aug. 10

I’ve never been afraid of a good, long drive. Road trips are kind of an American institution and I’ve always been a fan of rambling across blacktop, whether in the heat of August or under thick, pillowy, overcast January skies.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: Aug. 3

There's a problem brewing in British pubs.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: Aug. 3

There’s a problem brewing in British pubs.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: July 20

Somebody finally gets it. In the ad world -- not that I'm an expert -- it's most often all about connecting with your target audience.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: July 20

Somebody finally gets it.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: July 13

Maybe Obama and Boehner and a few others should cool off the debt-ceiling talks this week with a few pitchers of sweet tea.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: July 13

Hot enough for you?

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 29

Mid-week miscellany: * They have invented a better light bulb. And they did it 110 years ago. That's right, a light bulb hanging from the ceiling of a California fire station has reportedly been burning since 1901.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 29

Mid-week miscellany:

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 22

Now this is reality TV.A Norwegian television station is reportedly broadcasting, from start to finish, in real time, an entire cruise.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 22

Now this is reality TV.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 15

We're not worthy. We're not worthy.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 22

We’re not worthy. We’re not worthy.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 8

It's hard to deny that we are now in the growing season.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: June 8

It's hard to deny that we are now in the growing season.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 25

If you want it, here it is, come and get it.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 25

If you want it, here it is, come and get it.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 18

So I was a little late, maybe, getting into the smartphone market.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 18

So I was a little late, maybe, getting into the smartphone market.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 4

Well, now they've thought of everything.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: May 4

Well, now they’ve thought of everything.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: April 27

All kinds of stuff happens in a ballpark. And sometimes the most interesting action happens in the stands, not on the field.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: April 27

All kinds of stuff happens in a ballpark. And sometimes the most interesting action happens in the stands, not on the field.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: April 13

When I came to Jackson nearly a year ago, I inherited a desk.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: April 13

When I came to Jackson nearly a year ago, I inherited a desk.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 23

It's back. I should've known it was coming. It always comes.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 23

It's back. I should've known it was coming. It always comes.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 16

There's a lot going on in the world. A lot of chaos and horror.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 16

There's a lot going on in the world. A lot of chaos and horror.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 9

I'm tired. We're all tired. According to a National Sleep Foundation study released earlier this week, we, as Americans, largely aren't getting the sleep we need and we may be our own worst enemies.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 9

I'm tired. We're all tired.

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Pen & Ink by Michael Davis: March 2

Well, now they've thought of everything.

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