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The Feel Of A Memory

People will never forget how you made them feel.
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I was 34 when I lost my dad to a sudden heart attack. That was 19 years ago last week. I’ve heard all the expected comments since. You know the ones; “I’m sure he’s looking down on you now,” or “He sees all that you have accomplished and I’m sure he’s proud,” or “Well you have an angel in your corner.” All very nice and all intended to ease my mind a little, but I don’t know about all those suppositions. There are days … Continue reading

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Smile, Though Your Heart Is Breaking

Share a smile.
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Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through for you Those words are the first verse of a song sung in 1954 by Nat King Cole. In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long … Continue reading

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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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