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By Rix Quinn On Saturday, July 21st, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Sales calls

When I was a kid, door-to-door sales folks rang our bell all the time. They sold just about anything. One time I bought encyclopedias from a guy at my door. Call me a softie, but I can’t turn down anybody holding More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, July 7th, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Your permanent record

Somewhere in the bowels of the earth — hidden from your view, but not your employer’s — lies your “permanent record.” It’s a little like a cold sore…it only shows up when you need to make a More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, June 30th, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Are people ruder today than ever before?

Yesterday I saw a national survey that reports people are ruder today than ever before. So today – along with my sound recorder, my friend Jim, and his dog Kitty — we conducted our own poll. We asked several More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Moving to a new location

So, you want to move to a new location? Why do you want to move? Would you like a bigger apartment? Would you like a bigger yard? Would you like a bigger dog? Do you want new neighbors? Do want want a swimming pool? More...

By Rix Quinn On Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Morning Story: Ben Franklin

This column was originally scheduled for publication on June 16, 2018 and missed publication. A young 16-year-old Ben Franklin is apprenticed to his older brother James, a printer who also publishes the New England More...

By Rix Quinn On Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Chewing gum

This column was originally scheduled for publication on June 9, 2018 and missed publication. Did you ever say to yourself, “Self, I wonder who invented chewing gum?” Well, I’d like to tell you a little story More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Graduation

I’ll never forget the day I graduated high school. I recall an early June evening, so hot even the tassel on my cap sweated. I’m sure the guest speaker said something important. I think it was something about More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, May 26th, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Vacation (or Vacations)

The word vacation comes from two roots: “vacate,” which means to leave, and “shun,” which means avoid. Therefore vacation means, “to leave the comfort of your town, and find a rustic motel near coyotes.” Vacationers More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, May 19th, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Toothbrushes

Where would we be without toothbrushes? For one thing, we might not have as many clean teeth left. My teeth aren’t all mine, but they will be after three more payments. Several hundred years ago, a person cleaned More...

By Rix Quinn On Saturday, May 12th, 2018
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Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Termites and ants

Have you ever thought about termites? They look like ants. To tell them apart, I put the bug on a piece of wood. If the creature walks away, it’s an ant. If it flies off and leaves a hole in the wood, it’s a More...