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David Trinko: Unexpected move for an area priest

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At this point in his life, Father Dennis Walsh looked forward to a slower pace of life.

Cal Thomas: Supreme Court protects all presidents

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Put aside former president Donald Trump (an impossible task for some) and examine the Supreme Court’s majority ruling that protects any president from litigation for decisions and actions he (or she, but for the sake of this column I will use the male pronoun) has made while in office.

Dr. Jessica Johnson: ‘Inside Out 2’ and emotional health

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The kid in me really enjoyed Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out 2,” the sequel to the beloved 2015 film that introduced us to Riley, an only child who is somewhat shy but has a big heart of kindness. I actually think the first film was funnier as it tackled Riley’s growing emotions of Joy, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Anger from a young girl to the beginning of her preteen years. The setup of Riley’s emotions controlling her actions through a console in her brain was quite creative along with depicting how long-term and short-term memories were stored. The mind construction workers, whom critics described as “jellybean-like characters,” were hilarious as they kept everything together from running the Train of Thought to putting on REM-show dream productions at night. Riley’s life overall is a happy one. She’s well cared for by her parents and has a close friend group. The first challenge of navigating emotional and social changes comes when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. Joy, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Anger struggle a bit to get Riley through being “the new girl at school” and overcoming doubts in trying out for a youth hockey team. At the end of the film, the mind workers bring an expanded console for the emotions to operate that includes a large, red puberty button. This was the hint for the primary theme in the second storyline.

Jerry Zezima: The air apparent

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I like to think I’m hot. I like to think I’m cool, too. In reality, I am neither — unless I have to stick a big, heavy air conditioner in the bedroom window and another in the office window, in which case, if I even survive, I am both.

Holy Cow! History: The Senate’s sweet secret

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Americans are in a sour mood these days. Democrats, Republicans and independents can’t agree on much. Yet, there’s a sweet spot on Capitol Hill where everyone shares a moment of bipartisan bliss.

Michael Reagan: So long, Joe

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Going into Joe Biden’s debate with Donald Trump on CNN, the big question was whether Biden could last 90 minutes.

Mark Figley: Celebrating an exceptional Founder

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While standing a mere 5”4” tall, making him the shortest president in history, James Madison’s achievements make him one of America’s greatest Founding Fathers of all. Before occupying the White House, Madison established quite a name for himself as a legislator, before serving as a trusted adviser to President George Washington and Secretary of State in the Jefferson administration.

John Grindrod: Unattainable perfection often stops at sidewalk’s end

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If you’ve ever wondered just how many of us there are who participate in the affairs of the living at any moment in time, there’s actually a website, worldometers.info, which provides a ticker with a rolling count. There are 8,111,304,849 of us, although those last three digits bounce up and down constantly, depending on who’s winning the ongoing competition between joyous birth and sorrowful death.

Lori Borgman: No writer is purrfect all the thyme

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You may not remember William Safire, but I lived in fear of him. He was a nationally syndicated columnist who wrote about other writers’ writing gaffes.

Legal-Ease: Types and the roles of a trust

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When you buy a piece of furniture at the store or online, it doesn’t always come put together. Thus, you might have that sometimes dreaded job of figuring out the sequence to assemble the furniture in order to enjoy it for its intended purpose. In most instances when a piece of furniture requires some assembly, the furniture will come with directions.