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  • IMPRESSIONS: Technology – but with a beautiful smile

    Time was I was the son setting the time on my dad’s VCR.

    The worm, as they say, has turned.

    Let’s just say I’ve been humbled more times than I ought to admit in recent months by my techno-savvy kid.

    First, it was the VCR/DVD burner combo Santa brought us.

    At least I could set the clock. But that was about it.

    After re-reading the instructions for something like the millionth time, I gave up and asked my son for help.

    In about 10 seconds, he had everything talking to the TV.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Civilogues unite! We can make a difference

    A lot of colorful linguistic hybrids — portanteaus, if we must get technical about these accordion phrases — have emerged in recent times. Some that have been difficult to escape are:

    • Staycation: Vacationing close to home because travel is expensive in tough economic times.

    • Frenemy: A friend, partner or ally who is also a competitor or rival.

    • Brangelina: I don’t even want to go there on this one.

    I came across a new hybrid recently that I have readily embraced: civilogue.