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The State of the Onion Message

Two nights ago President Obama presented the annual State of the Union message. To say that it “made history” is an understatement! Whether or not you agreed with all the President had to say, or whether you think our country … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Musings (45 minutes at Dunkin’ Donuts)

Watching people eating, interacting, working . . . with George Strait singing in the background. Cars arrive at the drive thru, people place their orders of sugar and/or caffeine then drive away. A constant stream of humanity. A father negotiates … Continue reading

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Hitting Hard

On Wednesday of this week the traffic on the way to work was unusually heavy, and the pouring rain made it an even greater challenge to navigate. As I crept along in the seemingly endless slow moving stream of cars … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Three weeks from this Thursday families across this country will celebrate a day that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Prior to that there is evidence that some form of it had been celebrated by various colonies (and later by … Continue reading

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The Perfect Day

I might be wrong about this, but . . . today may have been “the perfect day.” My wife got up early (for a Saturday) and drove off with a good friend at 7:22 AM, headed for a day of … Continue reading

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Nothing To Write Home About

In the collective memory of each and every family there are words and phrases that are so commonplace, so absolutely predictable that they become home to family members just as much as the family house or a favorite family recipe. … Continue reading

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First Christmas

My first Christmas was in 1953. But I don’t remember it at all. I was just a few weeks out of the incubator at the hospital in Chattanooga (having been 4 to 7 weeks premature, and just over 4 lbs … Continue reading

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Unfinished Tasks

My oldest daughter was going through Christmas cards yesterday, sorting through some of her late grandmother’s unused cards to use as her own this season. We had given these cards to her as we cleaned out mother’s apartment in late … Continue reading

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30 Years Ago

It was thirty years ago next month that my friends and I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon is Washington, DC. It was a beautiful, cool morning, with crystal clear skies as we embarked on the 26.2 mile treck around … Continue reading

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Winning the Battle

My mother won her battle with pulmonary hypertension just after midnight, as Friday, August 24, 2012 announced its arrival. She awoke from a long slumber which lasted all day and all night Thursday, and when asked if she was all right, … Continue reading

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