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Standard Deviations: The true meaning of Christmas? To love the unlovable

World's Largest Nativity

Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ character had it right. Mark Saal’s...

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Standard Deviations: How do you put a price on what Santa does?

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More holes than a post-Trump-presidency ozone layer.


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Standard Deviations: The true meaning of Christmas? To love the unlovable

World's Largest Nativity

Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ character had it right. Mark Saal’s latest Standard Deviations.


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Standard Deviations: Black Friday fun, a tale of two stores

Brown Thursday column

At Tilly’s, a crowd gathers. At Ross Dress for Less, it’s just another retail day.


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Folks go elfin' wild over Thanksgiving Day newspaper

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Standard Devations: Once a year, loads of advertisements make a newspaper carrier’s job just a little harder.


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Black Friday: A special day for the commercially insane

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Everyone has their own unique day of celebration lately. So, it only seems fair crazy people would have their very own holiday as well: Black Friday.


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Standard Deviations: Blew NaNoWriMo? Here's your chance at redemption

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Standard-Examiner invites readers to have their stories of gratitude printed in the newspaper.


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Is Thanksgiving being gobbled up by the annual Hastening of the Holidays?

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Considering Thanksgiving’s racist beginnings, the Christmas creep might be for the best, writes Mark Saal.


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Standard Deviations: What happened to compromise in politics?

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Forget ‘The Art of the Deal.’ What we could really use is ‘The Art of the Compromise.’


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Just in time for Election Day de-stressing...puppies and kittens!

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If you’re one of the many Americans stressing out over Election Day 2016, maybe you need a furry friend — research has shown pets lower cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of death. Here’s how to get involved with local groups that help them out.


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Standard Deviations: Social media makes Trump-Clinton the fight of the century

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I’ve got a few hundred Facebook friends, and I do believe I’ve heard from every single one of them — repeatedly — as to why I’m an idiot if I vote for a particular candidate.


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