Category Archives: A Step Ahead

Living Honorably

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As the rain fell, I sat quietly in church behind my drums, waiting for the cue for the next song (I play in the worship band). A guest speaker, standing at the podium, began to talk of some difficult times and challenges he had faced. He mentioned that there was only one way for him to truly clear his head when problems persisted. “I drive my car to the Metroparks, take a deep breath of fresh air, and immediately start … Continue reading

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Lucky Man

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Pulling into the parking lot piled high with snow at 4:00 a.m., Dane knew that those workers’ vehicles without four-wheel drive would never make it in or out of the valley safely. The park would be closed for the day. Dane called the dispatcher, and she reassured him that she would notify his four workers that plowing would commence the next morning, and they might as well just stay home today and wait out the storm. He knew they would … Continue reading

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The Hubbub Behind “Happy Birthday”

Hey, what is up with this birthday thing? Birthdays make less sense to me with each passing year. When you’re a kid, you LIVE for birthdays. You get gifts, you do the old bring-cupcakes-into-school-for-the-big-“sing-to”-thing, and Grandma slips a real $20 bill into a card that has clowns and zoo animals on the front long after you turn 10. Your friends put you through the “spanking machine” on the playground—good times, good memories, good birthdays. But somewhere around age 13, you … Continue reading

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Strangers Of A Feather

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On a snowy January 4 in 1981 I carefully maneuvered my pickup truck down the interstate, heading back to Bowling Green State University. It was the end of winter break, and while I methodically crawled along through typical Cleveland-area squalls, I was listening to the radio as Browns quarterback Brian Sipe drove his team down the field. As I traveled closer to Bowling Green, the radio signal grew weaker and weaker until I finally lost it altogether. I approached a … Continue reading

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Influenced By The Captain

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Cosmo Allegretti died July 26, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 86. Most people won’t know him by name. Allegretti was a jack-of-all-trades on the infamous Captain Kangaroo Show that ran for nearly 30 years, beginning in October 1955.  Allegretti first worked on the show as a set painter, but was soon making and voicing puppets. Crouching behind sets, he commanded the hand puppets Mr. Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose, antagonists to the Captain’s straight-man character played by Bob Keeshan. … Continue reading

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