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You work close up to elections for 30 years, you have the chance to learn some things about candidates and campaigns. The most important one is this: Many people vote with their gut, not their head.

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Football. Turkey. Family. Oh my, did I mention football? The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played in 1920. In 1939, Thanksgiving was moved to the third Thursday in November, because President Roosevelt wanted to add more Christmas shopping days to the holiday season. …

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This quote by Robert Lintner sums up Thanksgiving perfectly. “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day,” John F. Kennedy said. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

My mother often cautioned us on the value of silence. She mostly spoke her mind and expected her kids to as well, unless we had no clue what we were talking about. Then she advocated holding your tongue.

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Flippy, move over. There is a new tin can in town. Elon Musk debuted Optimus, the “robot of the future.” Flippy is just a shiny steel robot who can flip burgers at fast-food restaurants that had to be put on paid leave one day after he started! It seems that Flippy’s human co-workers just co…

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Of all the many sorts of snobbery that exist in the world today, surely the most annoying is dining snobbery. You, too, have that one friend, I imagine — the Certified Restaurant Adventurer©.

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