There’s A Hole In Trump’s Wall

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson once famously said that if the United States were to build a 12-foot wall across the southern U.S. border, it would lead to runaway demand for “13-foot ladders.” Read More

Flapjacks And Flops: Why The Jokes At The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Were Beside The Point

To read some reviews of Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, the event was a flop, primarily because of the jokes. This was the first year I attended, so maybe I’m a little naive, but I thought it was a great, uplifting and fun affair. Read More

Jimmy Tingle’s 5 Cents? Update The Bottle Bill

When the teenagers playing cards or basketball would leave their empty Coke bottles laying around, we’d pick them up and take them back to Sabbey’s or Hymie’s Corner Store and get 2 cents for them. A Popsicle only cost a nickel, so for four empty Coke bottles, you could get Read More

The Unlikeliest Commencement Speaker

It’s commencement season. Time for celebrities and politicians to alight on college campuses to dispense wisdom and encouragement to graduates. Cognoscenti contributor and comedian Jimmy Tingle recalls his own moment ascending the dais at Harvard five years ago — and the unlikely path that got him there. Read More

Stand Up for the Stamp

A few weeks ago the price of a first-class stamp increased to 49 cents. Sounds like a pretty good deal when you think about it. For 49 cents, a person will come to a box in your neighborhood, pick up your letter, and deliver it anywhere in the United States. Read More