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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Many aromas mark the start of summer -- flowers, pollen, sunscreen, etc., but for me, summer tastes like charcoal.  I burned my way through a pair of gas grills over the past 20 years, and planned to buy another one when we moved from Dalton to Old Forge last year....

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Got an email this morning from a wise old friend I haven't seen since before the pandemic. It included a quote from Edith Hamilton, among the most revered classics scholars of the 20th Century. Hamilton's gift was mining ancient Greek politics and society for clues...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Believe it or not, I used to believe a lot of dumb things. The less I knew about a given topic, the more sure I was that I knew more about it than any so-called "expert."  I was a passively paranoid conspiracy theorist always on alert for the next clandestine plot...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 49: Scar Tissue

Coronavirus Diaries Day 49: Scar Tissue

Thick skins are made of scar tissue. God knows I've earned mine over 20-plus years in this job. Some people are powerfully allergic to honesty, and the common reaction is to vent their spleens in emails, antisocial media posts and anonymous, grammatically-challenged...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 42: Pumped up

Coronavirus Diaries Day 42: Pumped up

As I noted in today's column (read it here if you're a subscriber), I hadn't bought gas for three weeks. My pandemic-induced personal petroleum embargo ended this afternoon.  I buy my Marlboros at a drive-through smoke shop in South Scranton. Window business is...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 40: In a Fog

Coronavirus Diaries Day 40: In a Fog

For days, a primer on how to keep your eyeglasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask has been among the most-read stories at thetimes-tribune.com. If you haven't already seen it, read it here.  Fogging is clearly a widespread nuisance afflicting the far-sighted...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 39: The Gaslight Zone

Coronavirus Diaries Day 39: The Gaslight Zone

Like many of you marooned at home by the coronavirus pandemic, I've been streaming a lot of favorite TV shows I haven't seen in a while. Because our current situation feels like a script for an installment of "The Twilight Zone," I dialed up some episodes longtime...

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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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