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2. My Mother’s Birthday

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My parents were often told that I was a precocious child, not that they needed to be told.  I didn’t always know why it was important to do something, but somehow I knew that some things had to be done.  … Continue reading

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1. 4th of July

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My sister Barbara was 10 years old and my sister Janis was 8 years old when I was born.  Since my parents were both in their late 30s at the time, clearly I was an accident.  Nevertheless, in some fashion, … Continue reading

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Thoughts That Parents Should Consider

Recently I read the “20 Marriage Tips Everyone Needs To Know,” by Gerald Rogers and the response article “10 Marriage Tips Every Wife Needs To Hear,” by Karen Lodato.  While both of these articles are excellent, I began to wonder … Continue reading

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The Tags

Frustration is the difference between what you think it should be and what it is.  I used this expression endlessly during my career.  I have found that people will be happy with just about anything if they are prepared for … Continue reading

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Great Horned Owl

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It’s official, I am going to introduce an ordinance in Prince William County that no one beyond a certain age and of questionable heart activity shall be allowed on their front porch after 11:30 pm.  Yes, that’s right, I did … Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It

When I first met the woman who would become my wife, I noticed that when she became very tired, her left eye would turn in slightly.  We would most often call this ‘lazy eye’ even though there are much more … Continue reading

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Target Audience

As many of you know, I have been researching the mystical and magical world of marketing.  What I have found so far is there are some things in life that are just ‘beyond the call.’  For me, this is one … Continue reading

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RaSHi

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I would like to think that this is the last of my wildlife stories, but there are always new members of the animal kingdom that wander in from time to time.  There is one important difference with this story; it … Continue reading

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Big Yogi

Last Sunday night I ventured out onto the front porch.  It was around 11:30 pm and the waxing crescent moon had already set.  Most of our neighbors keep an outside light on during the night so there are always faint … Continue reading

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What Is Your Responsibility?

Let’s say you are a supervisor or middle manager at a small company.  Nearly 52% of workers in the US work for small companies.  In many ways, it can be a better place to work.  There are no big company … Continue reading

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Copyrights and other such things

One of my very favorite record albums of all time is Sgt. Peppers.  I bought it in the fall of 1967 and played it until the vinyl groves melted away.  Eventually I had to buy the record again.  When I … Continue reading

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How Did I Ever Survive

Now that I’m retired and generally wandering aimlessly through life, I have a chance to notice things that before had escaped my attention. I started thinking of all the little labels and warnings that seem to permeate our lives.  I … Continue reading

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So You Want To Publish

I’m very new at this.  In 6 months, I’ve gone from never having written anything at all to being a published author.  It just shows what is possible in our modern world.  I’ve gone from complete ignorance of the literary … Continue reading

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Watching the Time

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For Sarah on her 26th birthday. Interesting isn’t it?  How do you watch something that doesn’t exist?  You can’t touch it or feel it, yet it rules your life.  At first, you only had to make the kindergarten bus and … Continue reading

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Now that you have decided you are going to help clean up the planet, you are probably looking for something new that you can do this year.  You replaced all the incandescent light bulbs in the house with the new … Continue reading

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Temperature

Have you ever just walked around your house and wondered how everything went wrong?  Try it.  It looks pretty normal doesn’t it?  It’s warm inside and cold outside.   There doesn’t seem to be a problem here.  Why am I doing … Continue reading

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The Dichotomy of Riches

I am often entertained by the widespread complaints throughout the social networking spaces about the rich in our country.  So I thought I would take a look at some of the factors consistent with the very rich.  This will be … Continue reading

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Firearms Control

The Federalist Point of View On December 15, 1791 the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were enacted.  We know them as our Bill of Rights.  We believe in them and protect them above all else in our Government.  Freedoms … Continue reading

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Beloved Boston

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We all have our hometown.  Mine isn’t Boston, I was born on the Cape.  But I went to college there, I worked there, and I loved it there.  Boston isn’t the biggest town, it’s not the oldest town, and it’s … Continue reading

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To Kill or to Capture

 “Gentlemen we can rebuild him, we have the technology” is in the opening to the fanciful 1970’s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.  Interestingly, no one ever asks if we should rebuild him, because it is somehow assumed that … Continue reading

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Social Security

In honor of the receipt of my very first Social Security check deposit this week, I thought it appropriate to look into some of the myths of the Social Security Administration.  In these days of off-the-chart deficit spending, raising the … Continue reading

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