Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” is a humor columnist and is nationally syndicated. Send comments to Tom at Tom@TomPurcell.com.

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Purcell: Red Rover, Red Rover, are childhood games over?

I’m on the fence about this, if you want the truth. You see, more school districts are banning childhood games that were staples when I was growing up in the 1970s.

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Purcell: 'Fall back' to putting life's small joys ahead of politics

Autumn has arrived. I can’t think of a better time to put priorities back in order.

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Purcell: Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood

Tom Hanks is right: We should be allowed to start off our days feeling good. Hanks stars as Fred “Mister” Rogers in the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” opening Nov. 22.

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Purcell: Scholars to hide behind fake names

When my retired professor friend told me about it, my alarm bells went off.

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Purcell: Americans must unite: the Martians are coming!

An invasion from outer space might do America some good. And maybe one’s coming?

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Purcell: Social Security’s looming shortfall

“Sometimes I worry that if I ever can retire and do get Social Security payments, they’ll be a lot less than what I’ve been promised,” I said to my CPA, Louie the Number Cruncher.

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Purcell: Unleashing entrepreneurs good for us all

Here’s some great news: The American entrepreneur is flourishing again. From 1980 until 2017, “the number of new startups formed each year ... plummeted by half - from almost 15% of all business 35 years ago to barely 8%,” according to Forbes contributor David Pridham.

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Purcell: Social Media? More like antisocial media

“I can’t take it anymore! My social media friends are driving me batty!” “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent Pew Research Center survey that found ‘46% of adult social media users say they feel ‘worn out by political posts and discussions they see on social media’ — a share that ‘has risen 9 percentage points since the summer of 2016, when the Center last asked this question.’”

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Purcell: Little Sisters home an oasis of joy, peace, calm in troubled world

Twelve years ago, when I first visited the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) retirement home in Pittsburgh, I was overcome with peace and calm.

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Purcell: Elderly beware, scams on the rise

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother. The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he’d been arrested for fishing on an Indian reservation - unaware he was breaking the law - and needed bail money so a judge wouldn’t throw him in jail.

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