Monthly Archives: November 2018

Counting My Blessings

Because Thanksgiving is always celebrated on a Thursday, it means we have a long weekend to relax and count our blessings. For the ordinary worker, that is a welcome relief. For us who are fortunate enough to be retired, it … Continue reading

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Damn the Squirrels

I need to remember that, when I see acorns from the oak tree out front on the road squashed by cars, that the squirrels are on high alert. I don’t mind them enjoying the nuts, but I do hate their … Continue reading

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Celebrating Survival in Paradise

I’ve known Pam much longer than I’ve known Bill, her husband, but both have been loyal friends ever since we met at Lake Maggiore Baptist Church, where I was the choir director “a thousand years ago.” After they got married … Continue reading

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My Legendary English Teacher (revised)

Miss Sheely, my senior English teacher at Clinton High School, was easily the most polished grammarian as well as the politest person I have ever known. Whenever she orally quizzed a student, her reply to an incorrect answer was inevitably, … Continue reading

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Meanings Will Change

Meaning Changes If we live long enough, words will change meanings. For instance, I copied this entry from my diary in 1958: “Ate breakfast with Penny Jones and Sanna Bryan. Got to the dining room about 12:30. Not many for … Continue reading

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Becoming Elderly

First Lady Michelle Obama has just published a book she titled Becoming. In this book, she writes candidly about her transition from the south side of Chicago to the White House. Everyone, in his own way, is becoming. What I … Continue reading

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My Shirt of many Colors

While Biblical Joseph had his coat of many colors, I have my own shirt of many colors. It was a hand-me-down from a friend who outgrew it size-wise. It was love at first sight, and my reaction was confirmed the … Continue reading

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