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Those Oldies But Goodies

March 14, 2011

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As I was driving today my radio was tuned in to the XM music of the 50’s station. This is music that I listened to in High School. I liked it, but never gave it much thought beyond it being the background music of my adolescent years. It’s rather astounding that the simplistic three chord […]

The Roots Of Boredom

February 6, 2011

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“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone”.  Thus said the French philosopher Blaise Pascal.  I used to think that boredom was an affliction that was peculiar to the young. Children and Youth are always rendering that complaint and view it as something very  difficult to endure.  I […]

A Tribute To My Bowling Team-Mate

January 28, 2011

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Today I lost a team-mate and a friend. She died unexpectedly, although when one is in their mid-eighties the possibility is certainly always there.   I bowl on a senior league bowling team. We bowl every Friday and have a great time.   Gayle was one of our most enthusiastic members and never missed a game […]

Are Things Today Really That Bad?

January 25, 2011

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The economy is depressed, people are out of work, real estate is in the tank and people are just generally fed up with a declining standard of living and the politicians that have caused most of the problems.   If this is your view of life in the twenty first century, let us consider what life […]

From Whence Cometh The Rage?

December 19, 2010

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The news this week, as every week,  is full of stories about people venting their rage against their fellow-man.  An individual walked into a school board meeting, drew graffiti  on the wall and then pulled a gun and shot at school board members from point-blank range. We hear of road rage with people taking shots […]

The Art Of Complaining

November 16, 2010

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“The meritoriousness of your complaint is directly proportional to the condition of those you are complaining to.  The illustration is from the  Steven Pastis  cartoon  “Pearls Before Swine ” He  has really hit the nail on the head with this entry from today’s newspaper. Very often great wisdom and heady observation emerge from the wonderful […]

Stops On The Way

March 5, 2010

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In 1961 I enlisted in the United States Army.  It seemed like the thing to do  because, at that time,  to say that my life was going nowhere would be a definite understatement.  I was 17 years old and  no one could tell me anything because I knew it all.  When I arrived at Fort […]