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Good Trees, Bad Trees: If It Isn’t On the News, Did It Happen?

If it's not in the news, did it even happen?

Most everyone has heard the adage, “If a tree falls in the woods and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?” or words to that effect. Philosophers have argued the point for centuries. Sound is vibration picked up by our ear and only recognized as sound at our nerve centers. So if nobody is around, and the tree falls, there is no sound … philosophically speaking, anyway. But it seems to me a modern version of that axiom … Continue reading

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Your Way

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My parents were sitting high up in the stadium seats as were my sisters.  Mom had the camera. When the ceremony was over, they came down onto the field; hugged and congratulated me.  I had graduated a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in law.  It sounded substantial – like it had meat to it, but I hadn’t a job lined up yet.  I was about to enter the market. Later, when mom had the pictures developed (yeah–we used … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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It’s funny how sometimes simple sayings can make complicated and confusing subjects somehow simpler, easier to handle; and yet, life can make them complicated no matter what. A good example is the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” a 1988 a cappella song by musician Bobby McFerrin.  It was the first a cappella song to hit number one on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart; it was also Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The song itself is really … Continue reading

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The Park Levy – And Other Lessons

Working to get that park levy passed is a good reminder our political system works - and that we have a voice.

I stood about 100 feet away from the doors of the voting building as instructed.  I had taken the day off and was clutching my literature, wearing my logoed badge and holding a sign that was of proper size.  I was dressed for the chilly autumn air and had a thermos of coffee at my side.  It was 6 a.m.  I had been given a sheet of “do’s and don’ts” and had no intention of violating the trust that had … Continue reading

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We’re All Teachers

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“What we have here, is a failure… to communicate.” Strother Martin as the prison warden in the movie “Cool Hand Luke.” *************************** I’ve always had this unwavering respect for teachers.  I think those that accept the challenge of dispensing lessons and information to the masses have a unique calling and right or wrong, I’ve always looked to them to be the ultimate “keepers of the keys.” But, as with any profession, there are those who are not as fully dedicated as … Continue reading

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