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My daughter Ellen’s fourth grade class just finished memorizing all 50 states and their capitals. We studied those darn things for weeks, using maps and homemade flashcards. We’d quiz each other on road trips and while preparing dinner. What’s the capital of Maine? Alaska? Oklahoma? Where’s Carson...
Are we sure that the month of April knows that April Fools Day has come and gone? I think most people will understand that reference since this April has been quite cold this year. We did hit the mid 50s and even got into the 60s for just a bit, although it was very brief. I’ll admit I didn’t mind...
I love organization. When I need something and find it where it’s supposed to be, I am a happy camper. When I have to search for something that’s been misplaced, my blood pressure rises and my mood sours. That’s when the swearing starts. Over the weekend, my wife Bonnie was upset because our family...
I’m going to a wedding! Not mine. I have eight months to plan for a niece’s wedding, which happens to fall during one of the busiest travel times of the year. The wedding also happens to be in another state. If I drive it’s about 16 to 18 hours. If I fly, there are headaches in the aspect of how...
Every once in a while there is something posted on Facebook which I can’t go without reprinting in my column space. There was a group of us sitting around talking about the “old days” and when I say that I mean the 1970s and 1980s. Those years don’t seem that long ago, until you actually do the...
As journalists, we rely on open government and freedom of information principles to keep the public informed about its government. Sometimes, we are met with roadblocks. Sunshine Week, which is spearheaded by the News Leaders Association, champions open and transparent government at all levels....
The Irish have an eloquent way about them and their blessings are almost like poetry. It seems they have a blessing or toast for every occasion and every celebration including those that hallmark the milestones in life. From greetings to marriage and even death, a well-expressed verse in the form...
As we’re in the second decade of the 21st Century I think many of us have thought that the future would be different. A few years back there were a series of commercials that talked about the present day and the future. One of the commercials asked “Where are the flying cars?” It was a nod to...
If gratitude can seep into your blood, my February blood donations are brimming with it. My daughter Anna required multiple blood transfusions during her open heart surgery, a a procedure she underwent when she was just seven months old. So, if my blood donation day happens to fall in February (the...

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