Jack Sparacino

Postcards from the edges (of the country)

0 / August 2, 2012 5:37 am

By Jack Sparacino I’ve enjoyed writing this column, from the silly or tongue in cheek to more serious pieces. The feedback I’ve received so far has been supportive and informative.  Much of it was from people who approached me on […]

80 degrees and you’re wearing a coat?

0 / July 26, 2012 5:46 am

By Jack Sparacino Well, there’s nothing like a summer break to get your perspective back and reach a few more conclusions about the vital issues in life.  Here are a few that dawned on me recently. 1. Sure, it gets […]

Noticing my way to Charleston

0 / July 19, 2012 10:27 am

By Jack Sparacino Like a lot of people, I’ve become a “selective noticer” over the years.  There are whole categories of things I tend to gloss over, minimize, or just ignore.  My wife used to say that I could practically […]

Snake bite blues

0 / July 5, 2012 5:58 am

By Jack Sparacino Despite my recent attempts to cover the entire entertainment business in two entire pages, readers tell me there are still a few more subjects that deserve some attention. This time I enlisted the help of those eclectic […]

Take it easy

0 / June 14, 2012 2:31 am

By Jack Sparacino An old friend from work recently wrote to me from New Mexico about a trip he made to Walmart.  He thought I might get a kick out of seeing one of the newer products they had for […]

Navigating the Graduation Maze

0 / June 7, 2012 6:20 am

By Jack Sparacino For some of us, growing up can seem almost like a race to graduate from school so we can begin our adult lives.  Lots of studying, lots of thinking about what may lie beyond. If we’re lucky, […]

Stories from the Surf

0 / May 31, 2012 12:53 am

By Jack Sparacino My wife, Jane, sometimes tells people that I must have been born with a fishing rod in my hands.  Well, not quite, though I have been at it a long while and it is a passion. Some […]

Magic in your pocket (and other lessons from Boston)

0 / May 24, 2012 8:39 am

By Jack Sparacino Our son Jack recently flew down from Boston for a weeklong visit.  He’s very grown up now at 26, with a fascinating job in a terrific city.  When he was a little fellow, it was always fun […]

Stopping to smell the roses

0 / May 17, 2012 8:26 am

By Jack Sparacino There’s nothing like the heat of summer to prompt you to slow down, pour some iced tea and smell the roses (or whatever’s blooming that doesn’t prompt a sneezing fit). Take a break. And philosophize about the […]

Steamed: The 10 worst things since broccoli

0 / May 10, 2012 3:41 am

By Jack Sparacino Well, I try to give equal time in this column.  Having written a few months ago about the 10 best things since sliced bread, and at the urging of several readers, here is my initial list of […]