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Remembering Childhood

Remembering Childhood

Sometimes on Facebook, someone will post one of those lists showing how things have changed for kids today and how we survived growing up without bike helmets, constantly attending organized activities, etc. I usually go back in time momentarily, remembering what we called the “good old days”, and then move on to the next post. …

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Unfinished Business?

Unfinished Business?

I retired from teaching about seven years ago. I was lucky because I still enjoyed the kids and coming to school each day, but there were other things I wanted to do and after thirty years in education, I thought now was the time. I was a pet photographer for a few years, I wrote …

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Blame It On Mayberry

Blame It On Mayberry

I think I’ve figured out why so many people in their 50’s and older are angry about the current state of America. I also know who to blame. It’s not really about today’s politics or even Donald Trump that’s led to this anger, nor is it about President Obama, the NRA, immigrants, terrorists, or the …

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The White Horse

The White Horse

When I was growing up, I thought America was the good guy. We were the country that did the right thing. Other countries wanted to be like us, people around the world wanted to move here, and millions did just that. It seemed like only people in countries that didn’t let their citizens leave wouldn’t …

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Today’s Title Is… Addressing Gun Violence In America (edited version of parts 1-3)

Today’s Title Is… Addressing Gun Violence In America (edited version of parts 1-3)

I had hoped to write this when we weren’t in the aftermath of another mass shooting, but that appears to be impossible. Let’s begin with certain realities. First, do we really have a gun problem in America? Millions of Americans are willing to accept over thirty-thousand gun deaths annually as the price to pay for …

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Dear Anyone and Everyone Associated with M*A*S*H

Dear Anyone and Everyone Associated with M*A*S*H

I’ve probably watched more TV than I should, but I think that’s better than illegal drug use, drinking, or gambling. When I was growing up, I loved sitcoms and detective shows, and also enjoyed shows like “Combat” and “Gallant Men”. Those two were World War II shows where the American soldiers always accomplished their mission …

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Dear Tony

Dear Tony

Although we haven’t seen each other in years, I think about you occasionally. I know it doesn’t sound very pleasant or encouraging, but I usually think of you at funerals and wakes I attend. You may not remember this, but…