Horror of all horrors: Why I can’t watch horror movies

I blame it on Carrie. There have been some great horror movies over the years. Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, The Shining, and the Exorcist all come to mind. I’m a big, tough burly man and I sheepishly avoid them all like the plague or some crazy man with a chainsaw roaming through the …

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On second thought . . .

I think I might have spoken too soon. The guy got out of his work truck and started walking toward the convenience store. He had paint and grime up and down his pants and he took long, slow steps that seemed to take everything he had. He looked tired and all business, but when he …

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When life doesn’t make sense

Last I checked, 2 + 2 still equals 4; two wrongs don’t make a right, and a neutral atom still needs the same number of electrons and protons (at least that’s what I learned long ago). Sometimes though life has a way of surprising you. For example: --You carry your phone with you throughout the …

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Would you like paper or plastic?

For some reason, the idea seemed to boggle my mind: I could buy anything I wanted from the grocery story. I walked through the small bakery area and tried to decide what I was going to get. I couldn’t stop looking at the display of cinnamon sticky buns. I still had on the little aprons …

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‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’

You felt every rut and groove in the winding country road. If the bus driver traveled too fast around a curve, you went sliding into the person next to you as if the ride to school had strangely turned into the spinning teacups ride at the nearest amusement park. You’d pull yourself away from your …

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Wizard of Oz moments: We’re not in Kansas anymore!

When I finished signing my name on what seemed like the hundredth document, I couldn’t help but let out a little giggle. I should explain, there was nothing giddy or even happy-go-lucky about the laugh. It was more of a “what in God’s good name have we done?” snicker. And then I let out another …

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When parents behave badly

The two chatted nonstop, barely letting up to watch the game. The first woman talked about her recent weekend trip with husband. The second one rambled on about how she spent her birthday and gossiped about another parent. I tried to zone them out, but they were sitting right behind us in the bleacher. It …

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