Tom Purcell, Vacaville Reporter

Tom Purcell

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Recent articles by Tom:

Tom Purcell: What the lottery can do to a life

I bought my first lottery ticket recently. It was a $20 scratch-off that paid me a $40 prize. Winning produced a nice little thrill, so I bought another $20 ticket right away. And lost. I put out $… → Read More

Tom Purcell: The keys to living well

Comedian Carl Reiner was good at living well — and he lived well until the age of 98. I recently watched his 2017 HBO documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” It introduces viewers … → Read More

Tom Purcell: The value of overbearing fathers

My father is turning 89 this week and he’s getting especially sentimental of late. The other day, from his hospital bed, he said he hoped he’d been a good father. He said these words with a hint of… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Teens not working doesn’t work for US

Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to → Read More

Tom Purcell: Teens not working doesn’t work for America – The

Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 pe… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Drive-in rebirth is here to stay

’m going to the drive-in this weekend – for the first time in 42 years. You see, the COVID pandemic has disrupted and rearranged our lives forever, but it has also given birth to some wonderful tre… → Read More

Tom Purcell: The need to vacate this summer

I sure could use a vacation about now — but I have no plans to take one this summer. That’s the breaks for self-employed people like me who do not enjoy paid-­vacation benefits. When I do not work,… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Summer bike hikes a relic of the past

Sitting in my home office I am greeted by a cool breeze coming through my open window and the sweet sounds of summer outside. It’s late June, which used to be peak bike-hiking season for kids — but… → Read More

Tom Purcell: What my father wants most

My dad isn’t doing so well. His wife of 65 years and six kids could be doing better, too. He’ll be 89 in July and his body is showing its age. His legs don’t work so well due to stenosis of the spi… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Learning to enjoy life’s real agitations – The

Americans are so angry about so many things — with partisan politics topping the list. Politics is important, to be sure, because as we know from experience the ideas and policies implemented by ou… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Fatherly inspiration and the art of grace

After all these years, my dad inspires me still. As I write this, the almost 89-year-old fellow is fighting to get back onto his feet as stenosis, bad knees and general old age are wearing him down… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Old family photos bring new perspective

My mother and father keep our old photos in their hall closet in a sturdy old Pabst Blue Ribbon box. Sifting through old photos is a glorious experience — one, we now know, that relieves aches and … → Read More

Tom Purcell: The Merry Return of Christmas Cards

Christmas card trends are telling — they speak to the mood of the country — and this year’s trend offers some positive news.According to → Read More

Tom Purcell: Best Christmas gift is time

Our time is the best gift we can give to our friends and family this Christmas.Nobody knows how much time we have on Earth — nobody knows when our ti → Read More

Tom Purcell: Give thanks for our blessings, big and small

Because life is mostly made up of little experiences, occasionally interrupted by big events, it’s easy to take the little things for granted.But Shu → Read More

Tom Purcell: Civics lessons for the Fourth

You can become an American citizen by being born in the U.S. or you can become one by getting “naturalized.”Becoming naturalized is a heck of a → Read More

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Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death or successfully address dozens of other practical a → Read More

Tom Purcell: A hunger for normalcy

My recent trip to Florida was glorious for one simple reason: it was normal.You see, I had been hungering for a friendly social gathering for months → Read More

Tom Purcell: Believe it or not, money not key to happiness

Get this: A study by McGill University has found that more money does not necessarily make people in low-income countries happier.I like more money as much → Read More

Tom Purcell: Irish pub had surprise visitor — Ronald Reagan

It was on St. Patrick’s Day 1988 when an unexpected visitor arrived at Pat Troy’s Irish pub in Alexandria, Va – President Ronald Reagan.T → Read More