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The Clearest Thoughts Come Through A Cluttered Mind

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Have you ever tried to meditate? Or hear about people putting in hours of prayer and concentrated study? I’ve given it a good shot. I had good intentions and put myself in a quiet place and got to the moment where I could say, “OK, begin.” But that was kind of like the beginning of a hot dog eating contest. It isn’t like a car or horse or foot race where you begin and it’s like immediately exciting and challenging. Meditating and hot dog eating is … Continue reading

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Keep Track of Your Successes

You have probably had more wins than losses.
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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day; we’ll call him Joe for purposes of this missive. He’s a guy I’ve known for many years. He’s a good guy, a bit rough around the edges, rubs people wrong more than he should, but still a good, loyal friend. He was lamenting at all the things that had happened to him over the years. He was the chief of photography at a local newspaper for more than 25 years–a great photographer, … Continue reading

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A Day To Remember

Life is a series of moments.
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All he wanted to do was scratch his leg. A simple reach down and a couple of rakes of his nails across his calf and it would bring so much relief. But he couldn’t. For starters, the place that itched was packed away under two pairs of socks and thick field boots and second, if he did move right now, the enemy who had been spotted in this eerily quiet field might hear him and aim their weapons in his area. So he lay quiet, … Continue reading

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Recovering Control Freaks

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I think I used to be a control freak; OK, maybe I still am to a certain degree, but I think I am starting to loosen up a bit; life does that to you if you’re listening. I don’t know where I developed the tendency to need everything in complete harmony with my world. Growing up on a Wisconsin farm didn’t do it, I don’t think. Or maybe it did. You have to do things a certain way or crops don’t grow, cows … Continue reading

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Fallback

Ah, the good old days...

It started when I was just a kid. The first real sign that summer was ending. This was long before they started hanging the “back to school” banners in stores on the 5th of July like they do now. I’d be biking through the center of town and a big truck would rumble by carrying sparkly pieces of Ferris wheels and carousels. It meant the county fair was being set up and the fair meant the last days of summer vacation were upon … Continue reading

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