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Did you want extra tarantula on that hamburger?

Posted: 20 hours ago

When it comes to food, there aren’t a lot of things I won’t try. But I draw the line at eating any species I ever had as pets. There are some exceptions. Although as a child I briefly had a pair of rabbits given to me on Easter, I eventually bent the rule and sampled jugged hare on a trip to England. And I will order duck a l&rsquo...
D.L. Stewart: Sometimes 'fake news' is really fake news
 For over half a century as a journalist, I've defended my chosen profession against attacks from the right, the left and everywhere in-between. But it's not always easy.  On April 18, it was impossible.   "Twitter Users Shred Donald Trump Over Barbara Bush Tribute Typo," the early morning HuffPost headline declared...

Posted: 2 days ago

For over half a century as a journalist, I've defended my chosen profession against attacks from the right, the left and everywhere in-between. But it's not always easy.  On April 18, it was impossible.   "Twitter Users Shred Donald Trump Over Barbara Bush Tribute Typo," the early morning HuffPost headline declared...
D.L. STEWART: Will my life be worth living without Facebook?

Posted: 21 days ago

Facebook users are concerned about their privacy being violated. Their concern is so great that Mark Zuckerberg felt compelled to run full-page ads in major newspapers last Sunday apologizing for his company’s “breach of trust.” The ads were a clear indication of his concern for our privacy and they probably had nothing...
D.L. STEWART: Perfumers are cashing in on the sweet smell of nothing

Posted: 28 days ago

The fickle fads of fashion never fail to mystify me. Untucked shirts for men? Partially untucked blouses for women? Unshaven cheeks for men? Pricy jeans that appear to have been run through a shredder for women? T-shirts and sneakers that sell for hundreds of dollars? And now I have a new puzzle: unscented perfume for women and men. As The...
D.L. STEWART: Avoiding ‘amazing’ yoga is no split decision for this guy

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

Lots of amazing things have originated in Japan: Toyotas. Sushi. Sudoku. Godzilla. But the latest “amazing” import from Japan has me nervous. It’s a book written by a yoga teacher promising that just about anybody can do the splits. Like most men, being able to do the splits is nowhere near the top of my list. In fact, when...
D.L. STEWART: New law may help keep Swiss lobsters out of hot water

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Adding to its reputation as the most pacifistic of nations, Switzerland has outlawed lobster boiling. As reported this week in USA Today, a law that takes effect March 1 makes it illegal to plunge a live lobster into a pot of boiling water. Violators will be subject to up to three years in prison. The legislation was adopted as a result of...
D.L. STEWART: Is this new app the perfect answer to a wife’s questions?

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

After decades of producing apps that will do everything from locating your car to determining the ripeness of a watermelon, technology finally has come up with something useful. It’s an app called Echo Look that tells women how to dress. And while It’s been described as “essentially an Instagram husband for single ladies...
Building a chain that links us all together

9:46 PM Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Listening to the politicians’ ongoing arguments over immigration, something occurred to me: If it had been illegal for immigrants to bring other family members to this country 100 years ago, there would be no me. Because I’m a byproduct of what’s being derisively called “chain migration.” The first link in the...
For Chief Wahoo, it’s time
 Now that Chief Wahoo is being forced into retirement after more than 70 years of faithful service, I’d like to say a few words in defense of the Cleveland Indians’ mascot. — His origin can be traced to Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian in honor of whom the Cleveland Naps changed their name to Indians in 1915. —...

7:47 PM Thursday, Feb. 01, 2018

Now that Chief Wahoo is being forced into retirement after more than 70 years of faithful service, I’d like to say a few words in defense of the Cleveland Indians’ mascot. — His origin can be traced to Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian in honor of whom the Cleveland Naps changed their name to Indians in 1915. —...
D.L. STEWART: Scattered applause for a motion picture’s reminder
 When the movie ended, the audience applauded and I couldn’t have been more surprised if a notice had appeared on the screen announcing that popcorn was going on sale in the lobby for 25 cents a box. To be sure, it wasn’t quite a standing ovation. Not the kind whooping and screeching you’d hear if Oprah or Ellen had declared...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

When the movie ended, the audience applauded and I couldn’t have been more surprised if a notice had appeared on the screen announcing that popcorn was going on sale in the lobby for 25 cents a box. To be sure, it wasn’t quite a standing ovation. Not the kind whooping and screeching you’d hear if Oprah or Ellen had declared...
D.L. STEWART: Real men wear short coats because being cold is cool

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

A letter writer to the chief fashion critic at The New York Times asked a question in last Tuesday’s edition. “My son is in college in Maine,” AMY, PELHAM, N.Y., wrote, “and the temperature is frequently below zero. It seems like every woman is swathed in an ankle-length black puffer coat from November to March. So...
D.L. STEWART: Tired of the daily grind? Talk to your gadget!

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Because walking across a room or tapping on a keyboard requires way too much energy, technology is providing exciting new solutions to rescue us from the brink of our daily exhaustion — digital assistants. As the Associated Press reported this week, “From your couch you, you can now ask the Echo’s Alexa assistant to play...
D.L. STEWART: A problem for the ‘too-much-stuff generation’

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

Like most members of our generation, my wife and I have spent a lifetime accumulating stuff. We have walls covered with art work. Armoires stuffed with crystal, fine china and silverware. An attic filled with holiday trappings and photo albums. There’s not a flat surface in our house that isn’t littered with picture frames, candlesticks...
D.L. STEWART: Getting on board for some family time together
 On the day after Christmas, my 13-year-old grandson asked, “Grandpa, want to play this new board game I got?” I couldn’t have been more surprised if he’d said, “May we have Brussels sprouts for dinner tonight, please?” Because in my experience the current crop of 13-year-olds does not play board games....

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

On the day after Christmas, my 13-year-old grandson asked, “Grandpa, want to play this new board game I got?” I couldn’t have been more surprised if he’d said, “May we have Brussels sprouts for dinner tonight, please?” Because in my experience the current crop of 13-year-olds does not play board games....
D.L. STEWART: Sometimes a song is just a song

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

In the current atmosphere, no man in his right mind would make light of sexual misconduct. Nor should we. Still, it’s tough to ignore the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” controversy that has been raging for years … even though I didn’t know it had been raging for years until last week. Until then, the only thing...
D.L. STEWART: She hails “kale,” but he craves “pizza”

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

In her well-intentioned, but largely futile, campaign to make me “eat healthy,” my wife took me to a new eatery for lunch the other day. (“Eatery,” by the way, is the fashionable word for places where you shuffle along on one side of a counter while servers on the other side of the counter force you to select from...
D.L. STEWART: Shaken, but not stirred, by current cocktail concoctions

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

My wife and I went to a fancy restaurant recently and decided to have a cocktail before dinner. When I asked the server for the drink menu, she handed me a list that consisted of 10 choices. Not only had I never heard of any of them, I had no idea what a lot of the ingredients were. One drink called a “Gin & It & Juice,” for instance...
D.L. STEWART: The road to Heaven may not be paved with iPhones

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

The most egregious example of cellphone addiction, I always thought, was the video of the bride who pulled her phone out of the bodice of her dress to answer it — while the ceremony was being conducted. Now I’m not so sure. Based on a recent story in the New York Times, it could be the woman who used her iPhone to order a pair...
D.L. STEWART: ‘Last class’ creates plenty more room for concern

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Boarding an airplane is traumatic for me. It has nothing to do with a fear of flying. I’ve managed to put that in the back of my mind, although any time there are 10 or more consecutive seconds of turbulence it vaults to the front of my mind. My concern is walking through the first class or business section and looking down on the passengers...
D.L. STEWART: Turkey with purple grain roasted beets? No thanks

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

America’s values once again are under attack. The customs that made this the greatest country on Earth are threatened. Our very existence as a nation is imperiled. In other words, people are messing with Thanksgiving again. For most of our history, Thanksgiving has been a holiday beloved by real Americans for its no-nonsense menu &ndash...
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