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John Kelly's Commons: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Screen Bloody Murder: My Latest Annoyance

So I'm at a high school band concert last night, seated comfortably in the darkened auditorium, when out of the corner of my eye I see someone playing solitaire. On her laptop. While the concert is going on. The human...

By John Kelly  |  May 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Trophy Life, or: Jean Shin Plays Statue

A few months ago in my column I mentioned that the Smithsonian was interested in your old sports trophies, those bits of wood and cheap plastic that encrust our mantles, basements and children's bedrooms. Handed out like candy, these things...

By John Kelly  |  April 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Midweek Blog Check: Help Wanted

In the hustle-bustle hurdy-gurdy grind of our daily lives, we seldom pause to look back and reflect. Today I want to reflect on two projects I need your help with. Regular readers of this blog (henceforth to be known as...

By John Kelly  |  April 29, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alphabet , Glove Project  
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Don't Be a Swine: Pandemic Etiquette

The World Health Organization has raised its pandemic threat level from 3 to 4. The U.S. government's national threat level is at Yellow, or "elevated" (but the airline threat level is at Orange, or "high"). The pollen count for D.C....

By John Kelly  |  April 28, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Where in Washington?

Last week's image was of a decrepit Griffith Stadium, home to the Senators before they played at RFK. Now that I'm back home I'll go through my e-mail and pick the winner. This week we're keeping with the sporting theme....

By John Kelly  |  April 27, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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You Can Go Home Again, Sort Of

I was happy to go to Texas A&M last week, not only because I was eager to help shape young minds, but because it would put me back in a place I hadn't visited in 32 years. As the son...

By John Kelly  |  April 27, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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