Greg’s Blog

Greg's blog is a collection of the nationally syndicated humor columns he writes weekly for Tribune Content Services plus anything else he finds funny during a particular week. Greg is a 2014 recipient of the National Society of Newspaper Columnist's award for outstanding humor writing. His columns regularly appear in the Huffington Post as well as diverse publications ranging from the Calcutta India Telegraph to American Way Magazine

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Wouldn’t It Be Splendid if We Stopped Saying ‘Awesome?’

Wouldn’t It Be Splendid if We Stopped Saying ‘Awesome?’

Go ahead. Admit it. This blog post is awesome. I realize you’ve only read nine words up until now, but that should be plenty for you to categorize this column’s brilliance by using the currently most overused, and thereby most annoying, word in the English language. Forget the available synonyms; splendid, terrific or breathtaking could easily be used in place of awesome. And doing so would...

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Muffin Tops Belong Solely in a Bakery

Muffin Tops Belong Solely in a Bakery

The infomercial actress appeared on the tiny screen attached to the treadmill as I labored through a 40-minute jog. Wearing that annoying “you must purchase this product now because, you know, operators ARE standing by” grin, the woman gleefully hawked a line of T-shirts she claimed hid her “muffin top.” My sweaty forefinger hit the “channel up” button...

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If Astronauts Can Access Email, So Can You

If Astronauts Can Access Email, So Can You

I silently read the electronic response multiple times, seconds after it hit my inbox: “I will be out of the office today and will have limited or no access to email.” After receiving three identical retorts from different message recipients in a single hour, I could take it no more. I hit ‘reply’ to a business associate in Washington and began typing: “I had no idea you had left the...

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The List Says I’m a (sort of) Likable Guy

The List Says I’m a (sort of) Likable Guy

Improving my life these days seems to revolve around lists. Or bullet points. I need only check my Twitter or LinkedIn feeds to see the numerical-driven headlines, followed by tidy rows of self-help suggestions: Five Reasons You Should Quit Your Unsatisfying Job; Ten Ways to Raise More Respectful Children; Thirteen Reasons You Should Turn off LinkedIn and Twitter, Fifty-Five Ways to Make Better...

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Fixing the Pepsi/Kendall Jenner Debacle

Fixing the Pepsi/Kendall Jenner Debacle

Just as I eagerly await Trumpcare Part Two, I am also anticipating a Pepsi commercial do-over. And although I have no experience on the health care front, and can therefore not tell the president and congressional leaders how to write a new plan that does not make the Twitterverse explode in rage, I do have suggestions that will ensure the soft drink giant doesn’t stumble again. Last week was...

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Thank You for Letting Me Freeload Aboard Your Boat

Thank You for Letting Me Freeload Aboard Your Boat

Driving up Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive the other day, I found myself boxed in by four SUVs, all hauling boats of different shapes, sizes and price tags, all bound for their summer homes in one of the city’s lakefront harbors. Like pigeons that descend on a stray bit of food dropped in a public park, nautical vessels in the city seem to materialize from thin air once said air reaches 50...

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