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Past articles by Tom:

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

Tom Purcell: The wrongs I endured as a child growing up in the 1970s

Is the world finally coming to grips with the wrongs I endured as a child growing up in the 1970s?I came of age before 24-hour cable news channels sensatio → Read More

Tom Purcell: Social Security, me

Biden, Social Security, My Retirement and the WealthyIt’s February. It’s cold. To fend off the winter blahs, I dream of one day retiring to a w → Read More

Tom Purcell: Ffamily members around the table our primary blessing

My family canceled Thanksgiving this year – my favorite holiday since I was a kid.Usually, 30 to 40 people gather at my parents’ house and sit → Read More

Tom Purcell: Census 2020: Accurate Count Essential

I hope we get it right.Data collection for the 2020 U.S. Census ends soon. This census, the 22nd in U.S. history, has faced its share of challenges and con → Read More

Tom Purcell: Working from home has its cracks

COVID-19 is getting old – particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months.That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal → Read More

Tom Purcell: Laughter really is the best medicine

I missed it again. So did the rest of America.July 1’s unofficial International Joke Day came and went without fanfare.That’s regrettable, beca → Read More

Tom Purcell: The blessings of having a stubborn father

My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now.My dad had his work cut out → Read More

Tom Purcell | Work-from-home productivity has come a long way

COVID-19 has millions working from home. As a longtime teleworker, let me offer some advice. Working from home has many upsides: no traffic jams, office politics or need for business attire. But a … → Read More

Tom Purcell: Virus threatens Prine’s life when music most needed

When I was a junior at Penn State, I had a front-row seat when legendary singer-songwriter John Prine performed on campus.If you aren’t familiar with → Read More

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