Tom Purcell

Government largesse for writers
During the Great Depression, the government established the Works Progress Administration. And it paid writers to write. The government edited and published the books...
Beware increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity scams
Here’s a story that is growing bigger by the day: Cyber scams are on the rise. If you call that fake number, a fake Microsoft representative will ask you to provide access to your computer, so he can steal sensitive data or download malicious apps...
Father’s Day: A 1974 Plumbing Disaster
Editor's note: A version of this column was last published in 2016. You see, my father had remodeled our basement into a family room with a powder room...
Needed: The common sense humor of Will Rogers
Our politics sure is divided these days. Here's the solution: the wit and wisdom of legendary humorist Will Rogers. �� “We've got the best politicians that money can buy...
Memories of my free-range childhood
It was the first time in my childhood I had an excuse for coming home late for dinner, but nobody — not even the cops — would listen...
For Memorial Day, honoring family members of those who serve
Ida Ayres never served a day in the armed forces, but at 95, she knows plenty about the sacrifices of war. During World War I, Ida's father, Sam DiRenna, fought for the Italian army...
The importance of home ownership
Home sales remain sluggish thanks to high interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale, and that is really bad for America. My first home, which I bought as a broke freelance writer, was a fixer-upper in need of major renovations...
For Mother’s Day — teaching the art of laughter
My mother would have been considered eccentric had she been financially wealthy. But she is wealthy in the ways that really matter, and her greatest wealth is teaching the art of laughter...
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is on May 2nd this year. Like a lot of people, I don't pray until things go sour or I have some daunting challenge heading my way. I pray every April 15 — after cursing — when a large sum of taxes is due...
Advice for 2024 promgoers
Editor’s note: A version of this column was published in 2017. Some girls are spending $2,000 or more on their custom prom dresses. I offer some advice to 2024 promgoers, based on my own prom experience in 1980...
Longing for the days of email rudeness
Boy, is technology making us ruder. You see, long before the era of nasty Facebook posts and mean tweets — long before people had such an easy means to be rude to each other — there was a much tamer version of email rudeness...
Take our daughters and sons to grandma’s
"Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is on April 25th, and I think we should try something different this year: Let's take our daughters and sons to grandma's...

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About Tom Purcell
Find Tom Purcell’s syndicated column, humor books and funny videos of his dog, Thurber, at TomPurcell.com. Email him at [email protected].
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