A different kind of vacation break

The bell would ring and everyone in the school would rise as one, breaking out into cheers, laughs and sighs of relief. A teacher or two would be in the hall trying to keep some kind of peace and calm, yelling for us walk and not to become crazy men and women, but most threw …

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It’s a buzzer beater!

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament fans watched in amazement over the weekend when Gonzaga University freshmen Galen Suggs took the ball with less than three seconds left in the game, dribbled just over half court and flung up a shot that hit the backboard and went in, winning the game and sending the Bulldogs to the …

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Blame it on those damn liberals!

I’m walking along an old trail in the woods and I’m lost. I stop to catch my breath and take a look around. I can’t tell if I’m headed in the right direction or taken a wrong turn a mile back. Everything looks familiar and unfamiliar all at the same time.  When I start up …

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Things are not always what they seem

I had wolfed down my dinner without saying much. As soon as everyone was done eating, our three kids, all pretty young at the time, had run off to do their homework and play. My wife had given them a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card and they were smart, they ran as soon as …

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Coming up empty in my search for doggy kisses

Every morning for the past two weeks, I’ve run down to our kitchen to grab a refill on my coffee cup and a granola bar before running back up to my office to log into the next meeting. Before I head back upstairs, I look over to to see our dog, Nittany, a Lhasa Apso - …

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March Madness: A lesson in expectation versus reality

Covid is still present in our lives. Late last week, though, I noticed a small change, a glimmer of hope so-to-speak. My parents-in-law and mother are in line to get their second vaccine shot, I felt the warmth of the sun on the back of my neck when I went out for a short walk, …

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Lost!

I ran from my office building to the parking garage, I was excited to be getting off from work early. I was going to be able to get home in time to watch my son’s football practice. Our oldest son was playing Pee Wee Football and I had been running late to every practice, catching …

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Losing time and sleep!

I grew up in rural, farm country. I get the need for Daylight Saving Time (DST) — the practice of setting clocks forward by one hour in the spring and then back one hour in the fall, so that darkness falls at a later clock time — but its usefulness has come and gone.  Let's …

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Counting in months

My wife is the kind of person who can go anywhere and she’ll run into someone she knows. A quick trip to the store, she’ll see the former boss she worked with ten years ago or a long-lost friend from grade school. Anyway, a few weeks we stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a …

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Breaking the indestructible!

In down moments, you'll routinely catch me playing with a fidget spinner, doodling on scratch paper, or even tapping my foot. I’ve always had nervous energy, it’s in my blood.  In fact, in my first job as a newspaper reporter, I used to throw a baseball back and forth from one hand to the next …

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