The best laid plans of mice and men

Folk singer and songwriter John Prine had been planning to play several live shows in Kentucky, Calgary, and at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City in a few weeks in May and June. He had shows booked well into the Fall and even had a couple of events planned for next February. Prine …

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Life lessons from the obit page

I have a strange habit. It dates back to when I first became a newspaper reporter. Some people play with their hair, crack their knuckles, or say “Umm” and “Like” frequently in their speech. My habit: I read obituaries. No, I really read them. It doesn’t matter if I know the person or not, if …

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Celebrating a life in five minutes or less

We tend to make our lives complicated, at least I do, but the older I get, the more convinced I've become that life is really pretty simple. We live, we die — some people live longer, others shorter. It's really that simple. Yes, I know, a pretty unemotional view, but in the grand scheme of things: …

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Love will find a way

Life can knock you down. The day-to-day struggles can make you feel less than whole. We all hit these struggles from time to time. I seem to have hit my share lately, nothing big in the grand scheme of things, but still very annoying and even a bit disappointing. In situations like this, my perfectionist …

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In Memoriam: Happy on the inside

The DJ had the music turned up so loud that I couldn’t hear my college fraternity brother talk. We filled up our cups with more beer and went upstairs to the second-floor landing to watch out over the rest of the party-goers. While still loud, I could hear a little better what my friend was …

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