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The Story Behind the Liberty Bell Jul. 04, 2019

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Readers: Happy July 4th! Here's a little history of the Liberty Bell: The Pennsylvania Assembly... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings Jul. 04, 2019


Week of July 7-13, 2019 It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so if I were t... Read More

Winged Creatures Support Bar Cabinet Jun. 28, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: This is a photo of a bar cabinet I purchased in St. Augustine, Florida. When opened, there are tw... Read More

Earth at Aphelion Jun. 27, 2019


Week of June 30-July 6, 2019 While you're enjoying the pool and soaking up some rays this summer, tr... Read More

Catching the Elusive Planet Mercury Jun. 20, 2019


Week of June 23-29, 2019 Mercury is one of those planets we rarely see. Unlike Venus, which can domi... Read More

This Word Sails to Many 'Ports' of Call Jun. 19, 2019

The Word Guy

Like a wandering sailor, the Latin root "porto" has a girl in every ... well, port. "Porto" means "c... Read More

Good Times Abound in Bardstown, Kentucky Jun. 16, 2019

Travel and Adventure

By Glenda Winders My cousin Jan always does the planning when we travel together. She takes pleasure... Read More

Indoor Plumbing Saw Wash Sets Go Down the Drain Jun. 14, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a washbowl and pitcher. The set also includes a large tureen with a li... Read More

Spring Turns to Summer Jun. 13, 2019


Week of June 16-22, 2019 A change of seasons is coming in just a few days. Officially, the summer s... Read More

Are You Booked for the Summer? Jun. 12, 2019

The Word Guy

If you're bound for the beach, boardwalk or boat this summer — or just the back porch — ... Read More

Family Heirlooms Jun. 10, 2019

Dear Doug

Q: I have many old, family heirlooms in my home and am excited to pass them along to a new generatio... Read More

Cash Register Value Is Diminished Jun. 07, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: We have been spring-cleaning and found a few objects we don't want but are not sure if they have ... Read More

When Democratic Candidates Talk Sense Jun. 07, 2019

Suzanne Fields

When the sacred cow is a pet and you twist her tail, you can expect booing, not mooing, from the cow... Read More

By Jove, Jupiter Is Back! Jun. 06, 2019


Week of June 9-15, 2019 I've missed Jupiter. That may seem like a corny thing to say, but when one e... Read More

It Can Take a Foreigner to Teach Us the American Dream Jun. 04, 2019

Salena Zito

NORTH VERSAILLES, Penn. — Starr DeJesus admits she learned a lot about both the generosity of ... Read More

Why So Many Mass Shootings? Ask the Right Questions and You Might Find Out Jun. 04, 2019

Dennis Prager

This past weekend, Americans learned of another mass shooting, this time by an employee who decided ... Read More

Unzipping the Origin of 'Fly' May. 29, 2019

The Word Guy

Why is the opening on men's trousers called a "fly"? Before your speculation starts to soar too high... Read More

Dissing the Dead in Dallas May. 28, 2019

William Murchison

During the walk-up to Memorial Day, with its evocations of respect for fallen warriors, hypercharged... Read More

Who Was That Masked Mantis? May. 22, 2019

The Word Guy

Picture a mosquito with a musket, a mantis with a crystal ball, and a larva wearing a mask. Entomolo... Read More

It's Not Enough that She's Not an Addict May. 18, 2019

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I have been married to my wife for 20 years, but only three were truly happy. My wife is... Read More