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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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Things Looked Better In Black-and-White

Some things are better in black and white.
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I may be geezing a bit here, but it seems to me that life looked better in black-and-white. Some Week-Enders may remember when television was all in black-and-white and there were only two or three channels to choose from; there was no CNN, no Internet, and no World Wide Web. The daily broadcast ended at midnight and concluded with the playing of the National Anthem accompanied by uplifting scenes from around America. At the time, black-and-white was the cat’s meow, … Continue reading

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By Your Deeds

Living a life of truth can provide you with peace.
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You’re standing at the line and with one more roll of the ball, you will accomplish the first 300 game of your life. You’ve been bowling for 20 years now, since you were just in first grade. Your friends are watching you silently not wanting to put undue pressure on you and your heart is beating like a drum. Suddenly there’s a blaring message over the PA system. ”May I have everyone’s attention?! Stop bowling immediately and leave the building in an orderly manner. The building … Continue reading

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