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Brenda Looper

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Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

Don't feed the bears

posted: 05/20/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

As many of you know, I've been having computer problems of late, which made writing and posting both my column and my blog an "adventure" (why, yes, those are air quotes).

Rain of error

posted: 05/13/2015 3 a.m. Comments 2

When I was a very young child, I was quite worried about armed apes. I couldn't imagine what we humans had done to incur the wrath of all those gorillas I'd hear about on the news.

The best teacher

posted: 05/06/2015 3 a.m. Comment 1

Have a problem with my sense of humor? You'll have to blame my mom for that.

So (not) offensive

posted: 04/29/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 4

You'll notice I've been a bit cranky lately, what with all that troll-baiting and bear-poking. Severe chocolate deficits will do that. It doesn't help matters that I've been cruising chocolatiers' websites for a Mother's Day gift. Pardon my drool, please.

If that's your name

posted: 04/22/2015 2:50 a.m. Comments 26

It seems I struck a little bit of a nerve with last week's column. As a little sister, then, I can say that I fulfilled my duty to poke the bear. And ya know what? I think I'll poke it a little bit more.For whom the trolls yell

Turn the crank

posted: 04/15/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 31

Having your computer flake out on you gives you a lot of time to think ... not always a good thing. Especially when you remember you haven't finished your taxes--or your column--yet.

In the end times?

posted: 04/08/2015 2:47 a.m. Comments 7

One of the things that seems to be missing from many of the current hullabaloos is a sense of proportion.

Let's raise a toast

posted: 04/01/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Sorry, guys, if you were hoping lasting effects from my recent stroke might disable the part of my brain that's obsessed with words. So far, that part's working just fine.

On the offense

posted: 03/25/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Many are well aware of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous line from his concurring opinion in a pivotal case on pornography: "I know it when I see it." Copy editors are often called the readers' last line of defense, but I've always assigned an additional task to myself when editing: Think dirty before the readers do ... because, believe me, they will.

Of few(er) words

posted: 03/18/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

There were things I definitely missed while I was out of the office. What does a word nerd do when she can't talk about words because her brain's not working quite right?

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