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The Gift

This spring I will complete my 12th year as an entertainer at Stone Mountain Park. It has been a wonderful experience in countless ways. About 10 years ago I was privileged to work with master story teller, Tom Marquart, as … Continue reading

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Do You Own Your Story?

When I was a little boy growing up in East Tennessee in the 1950s I never recall wanting to be someone else. But as years went by I began to notice things about other people, e.g. their possessions, their appearance, … 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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The Cane in the Corner

There is a walking cane that sits in the corner of one of the rooms in our house; it belonged to my mother. She used it up until her back surgery and recovery last year. After that, she was confined … Continue reading

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The Matchbook

One of the many tasks that usually falls to the primary caretaker for a departed parent is the sorting through of clothing and possessions; what to keep and what to donate, or throw away. It is an arduous task, of … 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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