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Longing For The Red Pop Of The Past

Ah, the good old days.
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Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Oh what a relief … it is.   I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. You ate the whole thing. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.   Comic books and Sunday nights, Roller skates and yo-yos Pony rides and snowball fights, Climbing through the window Remember when you were a kid? Well part of you still is, And … Continue reading

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“What The Dickens” Does That Mean?

Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II.
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Last week I was standing in line at the local electronic gadgetry store waiting to buy yet another device to make my life more complicated and I got into a conversation with a lady in front of me. We were lamenting the days before smart phones, tablets, laptops and all the other “communication” devices that have supplemented, or maybe replaced, face-to-face conversation, especially in the younger generation. I commented to her that all this world-wide communication was a “fool’s paradise.” “What … Continue reading

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Simply Satisfying

How do you find happiness?
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It’s been about 2 months since Robin Williams decided he didn’t want to hang around earth anymore. Seems the whole nation mourned his passing and rightfully so. He was part of the fabric of our lives. He gave us great escape, great examples, great memories. I recall the impact of the Dead Poets Society line when he told his class of young budding gentlemen to “seize the day.” For 10 years afterwards, those words showed up everywhere you looked. “Carpe diem,” was engraved and pasted on … Continue reading

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History Filled With People Making Choices

Get young people excited about history.
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I periodically have the opportunity to speak with young men and women about history. I got into an informal conversation recently with some students about history and I was a bit shocked at the attitude some of them had about it. One of them made the statement, “History is just a bunch of dates and names and places you have to memorize to get through a class.”  I challenged him on it. “You’re wrong,” I told him. “Behind each one of those … Continue reading

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Can’t Go Back

Friday night lights.
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In 2007, my elder son graduated from high school and rode a partial football scholarship into his first year of college. As proud as I was, I hated to see him go. We had been spoiled by the cozy, autumn-colored spectacle of high school football. Our hometown version of “Friday Night Lights” had allowed us to rekindle that warm, fall feeling my wife and I had both known so well as teens. I began to realize in his last year that our addiction to … Continue reading

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