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Looking Forward To A Better New Year

Practice kindness.
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You know how sometimes seemingly random things happen in a certain sequence that just seems like one was destined to follow the other? It happened to me the other day as I was putting gas in my car. It was an unseasonably mild day and with one ear I was enjoying the sound of the birds and the wind in the trees. The gurgle of gas going into my car’s nozzle at a lower-per-gallon cost than we’d seen in a long while … Continue reading

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Teetering On The Edge Of Life

Some moments have a little too much reality.
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If you peel off of Route 91 at Cannon Road coming out of Solon, Ohio, you find yourself in a flat out descent to the bottom of a significant hill.  As the base bottoms out, you hang a hard left and you are suddenly leaving Bentleyville behind you and entering the service center for the park lands that have been so designated for decades now. Just before the driveway to the center you encounter a long winding road lined with … Continue reading

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Being Grateful For What I Have

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It is easy to forget about the little things  in life that really count and to be grateful for them. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we highlight the things for which we are grateful, but what are those things, really? I guess in this season of thanks, I am grateful for the things I have: a good family who is there for each other when it’s needed; I have a home, income, an active life of activities, a … Continue reading

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The Freshman Five: The First Chapter Of Adulthood

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So we’re visiting college campuses lately.  The final fledgling is getting ready for his solo flight from the mothership beginning fall 2015. It has all the same feel as before; mom is worried about him going it alone, grandma is reminding me about things I need to “cover” with him before he’s out on his own, brothers and sisters feel the need to tell me that he should commute to college and live at home because “he’s just too young for … Continue reading

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It’s Just So Noisy Out There!

Enjoy the silence.
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So I am up in a deer stand at a friend’s expansive private property in way-south Georgia.  Well, it was more a deer-press-box.  I mean it had all the comforts of home – a swivel office chair, padded rifle rests on the shooting ports, convenient shelves (a.k.a. 2×4 studs) for personal items. Now if any gentle Week-Ender readers morally object to the hunting of Bambi, please take refuge in the fact that nary a hair on any deer’s head was … Continue reading

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