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by Con Chapman

Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:28 +0000


At Some Busy Firms “Shop at Work” is a PerkCon Chapman

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:42:02 +0000

CHICAGO.  For Joe Klesjko, a trader at Wolf/Ram Associates, December is a hectic time of year, and not because of Christmas shopping.  “Our customers would trade 365 days a year if they could,” he says… More(image)

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Burned by Shoplifters, One Store Turns to Higher PowerCon Chapman

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:34:58 +0000

BOSTON.  It’s the height of the Christmas shopping season in Downtown Crossing, and the usual crush of office workers on the streets of Boston is made worse by suburban mothers and children in town to… More(image)

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For One Fashion Plate, Cupboards Are Bare This ChristmasCon Chapmanchristmaschristmas1

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:30:50 +0000

DOVER, Mass.  Todd Englund achieved success at an early age as a bond trader, but he hasn’t let the comforts of affluence dull his feeling for others at this special time of the year.  “Todd… More(image)

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A LetterCon Chapman

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:10:51 +0000

It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and the football team had gathered to check in their equipment at the stadium. The atmosphere was a mixture of chagrin and relief; the team had lost the last… More(image)

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My On-Line Degree in Philosophy is Really Real!Con Chapman

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:36:57 +0000

Love Philosophy? Get a Master’s or PhD online. Fill out a short form and compare top schools. Banner advertisement, Facebook. “C-o-g-i-t-o . . . e-r-g-o . . . s-u-m.”   I never used to pay… More(image)

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The Year the Meanest Man Stole ChristmasCon Chapmanchristmaschristmas1christmas3christmas2christmas4christmas5

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:51:06 +0000

There is a little town not far from here, a very prosperous town, one that people aspire to live in. Couples scrimp and save to build up a down payment on a house there, knowing… More(image)

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The Penguin Corrections DepartmentCon Chapmanpenguinpenguin1penguin2penguin3penguin4

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:25:57 +0000

A review of four children’s picture books on Nov. 13 referred incorrectly to the little penguin who is the main character of one of them, “Penguin Problems.”  In the book he is unnamed; he is… More(image)

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My Octopus GirlfriendsCon Chapmanoctopusoctopus1octopus2

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:51:14 +0000

Octopuses have “three hearts. . . .and their reproductive life seems cool and distant: The male hands the female a sperm packet from a safe distance, and then she wanders off to fertilize and hatch… More(image)

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Freedonian Hopes Soar as Trump Calls TaiwanCon Chapmanfreedoniafreedonia1freedonia2

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:58:59 +0000

NOVGRZLI, Freedonia.  Miskta Forka is a 52-year-old single woman who frequently sits by her phone on Friday nights in the hope that Likwo Kwirksz, her on-again-off-again boyfriend, will call.  “He is very faithful,” she says… More(image)

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Output Soars as Unfriending Tsunami Follows Election, ThanksgivingCon ChapmanImage result for thanksgivingImage result for clean room

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:50:01 +0000

NEEDHAM, Mass.  Rod Scalzo is a production manager at Sneezitek, a manufacturer of motion-sensitive tissue dispensers in this leafy suburb that borders Route 128, sometimes referred to as “America’s Technology Highway.”  “We’re low-tech high-tech,” he says with… More(image)

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