Author Archives: Mike Vogel

What Reptiles Can Teach Us About Trying Times

Mother Nature may be showing us how to survive the Donald Trump era. Shallotte River Swamp Park, a private attraction in southeastern North Carolina, recently froze for the first time since it opened in February 2015. Alligators in the preserve … Continue reading

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It’s The Trump Twitter Test!

We must give credit where credit is due — except when it’s not due. President Donald Trump has taken credit for a number of things on Twitter. Can you separate the real Trump tweets and accomplishments from the fake? 1) … Continue reading

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Freezing Temps and Frozen Brains

Cold enough for you? We sure can use some of that global warming now, couldn’t we? Har har har! We’ve all heard versions of such questions this week as temperatures plunge into the low digits. And there’s only one appropriate … Continue reading

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How Will 2018 Compare to 2017?

Hang in there, a turbulent 2017 is almost over. Will 2018 be any calmer? Ha! Let’s look back and also prepare for the second year of the Donald Trump presidency: February 2017: North Korea launches a ballistic missile. “We see … Continue reading

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Marlon Bundo Diss Makes Pet Owners Hopping Mad

President Donald Trump might have gone too far this time. He bragged about sexually assaulting women, denigrated Mexicans and Muslims and mocked a disabled man. Still, his supporters stick by him. He even might have been right when he said, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Couch Potato Revolution

Are you tired of people telling you to stop stuffing your face with junk food, get your butt off the couch and exercise? Me, too. Do you know who will never scold us for that? President Donald Trump. A new … Continue reading

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“Shameless” Isn’t Just a TV Show

Shame on you! Did your mother ever say that when you did something you knew was wrong? Did your teacher? Good! You should feel rotten when you cheat, lie or do anything that brings shame on you, your family — … Continue reading

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Tree Lighting Sparks Memories

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting is upon us, and the giant spruce will remain lit through Jan. 7. The event brings back memories that seem more appropriate for a poem than prose. So here you go: Tonight they’ll be … Continue reading

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Holiday Warmth in Chilly Climate

In these stressful times, it’s vital to remember what we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving, people who get together only on the holidays may be shocked by guests’ political views. Careless seating arrangements can turn such formerly innocent Thanksgiving questions … Continue reading

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The Super Rich Finally Catch a Break

Confused about the latest tax cut proposals out of Washington? Some of us will win, some will lose, but one thing is becoming clear: super rich people stand to super-duper benefit. And it’s about time! After using tax dodges and … Continue reading

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