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Surprisingly, antique body parts are collectible

For those of you who were wondering whatever happened to Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis, a New York Times report has the answer. Not to worry, Napoleon’s private parts are in New Jersey. According to one report, a late collector of oddities and Columbia University professor named Professor ...

‘I wish I was the person my dog thinks I am’

My late Grandma Ackerman always reminded me as a child, “You learn something new every day.” What she never mentioned, though, is that some of that imparted wisdom would come from a dog. My life-learning curriculum came full circle when I got my first dog at age 61. Up to that point, I ...

Buddy’s flowers: The butterfly that couldn’t fly

There’s something wrong with Buddy. For the past couple weeks, my daughter has nurtured a pair of Painted Lady butterflies, the larvae arriving in the mail along with a cup of some sort of sweet peanut butter-like paste. We connected the cup and paste to the top of a netted cage, placed ...

Be open and honest about your mental health needs

This past week, I read an important article penned by a fellow New Hampshire legislator and fellow military veteran. He described in detail, all of the feelings of anxiety and anger that have been awoken inside of him by the infuriating events we’ve seen unfolding in Kabul. He spoke about his ...

Social Security Disability needs to clarify long COVID rules

As the U.S. again struggles with a surge of COVID-19 cases, it’s important to remember that many individuals continue to grapple with symptoms of the disease long after their first positive COVID test. There is still much that we don’t know about so-called “long COVID” or ...