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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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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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Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON, DC  – Almost 143 million Americans, or 49.2 percent of the US population, participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2013. Although the actual number of outdoor participants increased since 2012, the participation rate fell slightly, due to population growth. The findings are part of The Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the leading report tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation with a focus on youth and diversity. The Outdoor Foundation’s eighth annual Outdoor Recreation … 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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