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Wayne Mitchell

Not willing to toss our stacks

They were stacked on the buffet in the dining room. They were stacked on the dresser and the bedside tables in the bedroom. And they were stacked in the home office. Parts of the house were beginning to look a little like one of those TV shows about hoarders and hoarding. You know – the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

On becoming sort of a techie

My wife Jenny was a little pessimistic when she heard what I wanted for Christmas. She suggested I would get it and then resist spending the time required to learn to use it. I had asked her for a new computer. Not just any computer, but one of those Microsoft Surface Pro 3s that claims […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Need a purse for that phone?

Gazette reporter Angie Barmer was showing off the present she got for Christmas. It looked like one of those new computer tablets that keep getting smaller and smaller. Turns out I was wrong. It was a phone. And have you noticed they keep getting bigger and bigger? Angie got an iPhone 6 Plus. Apparently the […]

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Still ‘toasty’ after five years

This column is reprinted from the Jan. 6, 2010, issue of the Gazette. Maybe the carmakers are onto something with those new individual climate controls. You know the ones—the driver’s side can be set at 72 degrees and the passenger side at a nippy 68. We have one car with controls like that, my wife’s […]

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Well, I didn’t major in math

Just last month, I was telling a friend about how much time and stamp money she would save if she started paying her bills online through the bank. “Once you’ve entered the places you send monthly bills, it’s really simple. Just type in the amount and the date you want the bill to be paid […]

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Just trying to catch a break

Sometimes a fella just can’t catch a break. This time the fella is me. Last week I wrote about how I had ordered some Christmas cards from the National Gallery in London, featuring paintings of snow scenes in England and France. My wife, Jenny, didn’t think much of the idea because it snows very little […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Thinking small this Christmas

Well, it’s that time again. It’s the annual discussion (or is it an argument?) when I mention it is time to write the family Christmas letter. Each year Jenny suggests that we should stop writing a Christmas letter to include with holiday cards. She thinks most Christmas letters are little more than bragging and that […]

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My wife’s ready for home cooking

My wife Jenny is ready for some home cooking. She says she had enough, maybe one too many, restaurant meals on our Thanksgiving holiday trip to visit my sister and her husband in Kansas City. In last week’s column, I wrote about how much I resisted eating food that came from strangers’ kitchens. I didn’t […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Jewelry, scarves and a sweet tooth

Reporter Angie Barmer was telling me about her interview for a story on how making jewelry as a hobby turned into a business for a couple of local people. She related how Al Stanford was a residential contractor for 20 years, but when the recession hit in 2008, his business faltered. One day he started […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Siri, why won’t you talk?

How do I get that woman to talk to me?” was the question. Jenny’s father was on the phone from her parents’ home in northern Kentucky and he thought Jenny would know the answer. “That woman” was Siri, the often annoying “assistant” that had fascinated him a year ago when Jenny demonstrated the voice-recognition feature […]

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