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A season of self-quarantine

BY NORBERT RUG Donna, my wife, and I have gone into self-imposed quarantine. It’s not that we have the coronavirus or any of the symptoms, it’s just that we are trying to avoid any possibility of us contracting this virus.

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April fools is a Festivus

BY NORBERT RUG April 1st is a day for practical jokes in many countries around the world. In honor of this, I have decided to list a few of the pranks I carried out at work. One day I super

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

I think it is time for the U.S. government to honor the promise they made to our veterans. As a veteran, I fulfilled my side of the contract and I think it is their turn to keep theirs… or give me back my four years.

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Norb’s Corner: paper or plastic?

     BY NORBERT RUG The recent decision by New York State to prohibit single-use plastic bags from retail stores makes it an ideal time to reexamine one of my favorite environmental quandaries. Plastic grocery bags were developed as a

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Customer (Dis) Service

BY NORBERT RUG I recently had some discussions about customer service due to some less than favorable experiences I had. I spent a rather cold night recently due to a botched thermostat replacement. To be sure I will never use

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Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

BY NORBERT RUG I have prostate cancer. This has now metastasized for the third time after being in remission for a few years. I am now, once again, fighting. Fighting the cancer and fighting about my treatment. I am telling

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The Club 747

BY NORBERT RUG In the 60’s and 70’s, the drinking age was 18 in New York, which meant I was sneaking into bars when I was 16, and I was not the exception. Live music was everywhere. I learned a

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Food for thought

BY NORBERT RUG During the fall, food banks all across America remind people that hunger never goes away. Around the holidays they will see an increase in donations because people feel more charitable then but it is a twelve month

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Virtue in waking early

BY NORBERT RUG I get up early almost every morning to see if anyone has published any of my work. My articles usually get published around 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning. It wasn’t yet dawn but the sky was