Teachers have it easy

I couldn’t believe the words came out of my mouth. One minute I was in line to grab lunch and a cup of coffee, the next I let fly a few choice words. Fortunately for me, the guy, who dwarfed me by nearly a foot and a good 90 pounds, was too stunned to react. I paid for my …

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More than just turkey and stuffing

Like most people, when I think about Thanksgiving, a million thoughts jump to mind: perhaps, a morning Turkey Trot 5k; the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; football on the TV in the background for much of the day; and I can't leave out, mouthwatering turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Someone else may point to cranberry sauce, green …

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Patiently waiting for more patience

I remember the night like it was yesterday. I tossed and turned. My mind raced with questions and outcomes — some good, some bad. I turned on some music to help me fall asleep, but nothing really seemed to work. I was worried. I had spent the day in a series of panel interviews. I …

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A prayer for . . . all of us

When I briefly turned off social media last week and put others first, an amazing thing happened. I was driving on a congested road near my house on Friday. My mind was on a million things from the recent election to the protests in the streets when the radio DJ put on the National Anthem in …

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The meaning behind the day

When Corporal Alvin York and his small patrol found themselves behind enemy lines and pinned down by heavy rifle and machine-gun fire in war-torn France late in October 1918, they had few options. They could continue to suffer losses or fight their way out for their own survival. With his unit taking heavy losses, York …

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Into each life some rain must fall

Whether or not you follow professional sports, it was hard to miss the Chicago Cubs swarming the field last Wednesday night and the happiness they brought to their fans. Tears of joy flooded many player’s eyes as they jumped up and down like little kids. For all intents and purposes, they could have been a …

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When thank you is enough

The husband and wife couldn’t have been more grateful. The woman asked if we wanted something to drink or eat. I told her that I was fine and got right to work. A large group of coworkers and I were helping out a local organization that helps senior citizens with basic chores to help keep …

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