Tom Purcell, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Tom Purcell

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  • The Jackson Sun
  • The News Herald
  • Post Independent
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Recent articles by Tom:

Tom Purcell | The dirty rotten crooks

While the rest of the world is doing its best to sacrifice to beat an unseen biological virus, cyber scammers are trying to attack us with a variety of digital viruses. Before the start of 2020, I … → Read More

Tom Purcell | Just when we need it, Irish wit, wisdom abound

We could use some Irish wit and wisdom right now. Here’s a good start: “You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” That’s a lesson well-taught by the many Irish immigrants, includi… → Read More

Tom Purcell | 2020 race is no laughing matter

At least Michael Bloomberg gave it a try. Having done poorly in a prior debate, he joked during the Charleston, S.C., debate that he was surprised the other candidates showed up – because he “did s… → Read More

Tom Purcell | The D.C. disorder that’s sadder than SAD

Maybe Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is bringing me down – or not. Overcast winter weather triggers SAD. Lack of exposure to sunlight can cause higher levels of melatonin and lower levels of ser… → Read More

Tom Purcell | Family landlines better than smartphones

When my childhood home got a phone call, it was an event. That was partly because my father, a longtime phone-company employee, installed four brass-belled phones throughout our home. The phones ra… → Read More

Tom Purcell: Don’t Take Cyber Scammers’ Bait in 2020

One of 2019’s biggest stories will be bigger in 2020: Cyber scams are on the rise.“As people increasingly conduct business and live their lives → Read More

Tom Purcell | Don’t take scammers’ bait in 2020

One of 2019’s biggest stories will be bigger in 2020: Cyber scams are on the rise. “As people increasingly conduct business and live their lives online, more and more criminals are leveraging the i… → Read More

Tom Purcell | Amid such a clatter, here’s what really should matter

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through America, people were angry or delighted, and most uncomplimentary. Despite it being the time of the year to unite, gather and share good cheer, th… → Read More

Tom Purcell | OK, tail-end boomer

I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too. “OK boomer,” reports dictionary.com, “is a viral internet… → Read More

Tom Purcell: The ending horror of war

The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them.The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Repo → Read More

Tom Purcell | Help stem the tide of veteran suicides

The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own li… → Read More

Tom Purcell | Halloween costumes: Free expression vs. offense

Everything is offensive now — even Halloween. In Sandy Springs, Ga., a fellow’s humorous display featured a pumpkin man mooning the street. “His pants are halfway down, showing his backside which i… → Read More

Tom Purcell | No escape from trade wars’ effects

The trade wars are hitting me where it hurts. One of my few respites from these rough-and-tumble times is to sit by an autumn bonfire with good friends, a Leaf and Bean cigar and some fine Scotch w… → Read More

Tom Purcell: ‘Fall Back’ to Putting Life’s Small Joys Ahead of Politics

Autumn has arrived. I can’t think of a better time to put priorities back in order.You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that → Read More

Tom Purcell | ‘Fall Back’ to putting joys ahead of politics

Autumn has arrived. I can’t think of a better time to put priorities back in order. You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that “the current U.S. political climate is literally m… → Read More

Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood

Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood | Opinion → Read More

Tom Purcell: Our Cursed 2020 Campaign: ‘F-bombs’ Away!

Some presidential candidates, past and present, sure have cursed up a storm.The Washington Examiner notes Julian Castro said the “BS” word on H → Read More

Tom Purcell: An oasis of joy in a troubled World

Twelve years ago, when I first visited the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) retirement home in Pittsburgh, I was overcome with peace and calm.I went there → Read More

Tom Purcell: Elderly, beware: Scams are on the rise

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother.The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he’d been arrested for fishing on → Read More

Tom Purcell | Scammers target elderly using email, social media

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother. The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he’d been arrested for fishing on an Indian reservation – unaware he was b… → Read More