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Customer service lessons discovered in a Cracker Jack box

When I was a boy Cracker Jack was a favorite treat (Yes, it is Cracker Jack – not Jacks). The colorful box was filled with popcorn and peanuts coated with molasses. I liked the peanuts, but best of all was the promise of a prize in every box. I remember prizes like tops, tiny cars, and a small plastic magnifying glass.

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There goes the neighborhood: ‘Disturbia’ rates an A

Ever spied on your seemingly perfect suburban neighbors? Maybe had the temerity to even point a camera at their windows? Ever wary of the esoteric and isolated elderly man who lives down the lane? How about the suspicious midnight noises coming from the darkened garage directly next door? Ever taken a quick peek? Come on, be honest.

Perfect Stranger

It only takes a few moments of watching the new suspense thriller Perfect Stranger to ascertain that this film is going to be far from perfect. Halle Berry, whose beauty if nothing else will keep your eyes transfixed to the screen, portrays Rowena, the ace investigative reporter of a local tabloid newspaper, determined to get her story regardless of any pesky ethical concerns that may stand in her way.

Exposing Mickey Mite for the nasty creature he is

I’ve wanted to write about bed mites for a long time but keep putting it off because of other more important topics. Well, I finally run out of important topics.

Biggest mystery in

One cannot imagine what could have possibly possessed two-time Academy Award winner Hillary Swank to star in the ridiculous new horror film The Reaping.

Openings available for in-home services low-income older adults

At the Clermont Senior Services’ annual meeting last week, Barbara Riley, director of the Ohio Department on Aging, announced that Governor Strickland recently issued a directive to end the PASSPORT waiting list. PASSPORT is a state and federally funded program that provides resources to help low income older adults continue to live at home as an alternative to nursing home care.

The Cluster-Cluck

Hollee J. Spicer, Chicken Rancher Extraordinaire


There’s a commercial airing now starring Sally Field for an osteoporosis medication called Boniva. That, in itself, is not very interesting, unless, of course, you have osteoporosis or know Sally Field personally or are stalking the former Flying Nun. What is interesting is Field’s opening statement: “(My girlfriend) says she has to set aside time [ Read More ]

Water, water everywhere . . .

Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

Do you think that can of soda–or pop as Ohioans call it–releives your thirst?

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