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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A thankful heart

She's a people person and has a story for every situation. She walks into a room and immediately takes it over. People gather and want to be near her. He's different. He rarely says two words, but seems to notice everything, a glance, a throw-away look, nothing seems to get past him. They couldn’t be …

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Fumbling life’s everyday moments

I tripped on some ice in the dimly-lit parking lot. I came close to falling over, but caught myself. I looked around to see if anyone noticed, but then I remembered that most people — okay, most sane people — were still cuddled up in a warm bed next to Fido or their significant other. …

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Everyone’s talking, but noboby’s listening

Parenting is hard. When my daughter was in the fourth grade, she came home with a couple of Bs on her report card. I carefully looked over the report and made my first mistake: I made a grimace. I’m pretty sure I was just reacting to hearing a truck on the street gun it’s engine …

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Back to school shopping

I put the composition book up to my nose, flipped through the pages, and took in the inky smell of the paper. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a Target store worker round the corner and quickly pulled the notebook down and back on the shelf. Before moving onto the next aisle, …

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I need a pause button

We’ve been able to come up with medical cures for diseases that hundreds of years ago were once considered fatal; we can collect mountains and mountains of information online now with a few clicks on a keyboard, tablet or smartphone that would’ve taken years to accumulate only a few decades ago; we have cars that …

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50 Shades of gray

As I get older I find that I’m becoming a contrarian. Well, I suspect I've always been one, I'm just becoming even more of one. When everyone goes left, I go right. Whenever everyone goes right, I go left. It's that way with big and little decisions Here’s what I mean: Guns When gun control …

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What do you believe?

I’ve walked up to a grieving mother, asked about her deceased daughter, and wrote about it. I’ve watched Army reservists, called to active duty, give good-bye hugs and kisses to teary-eyed friends and family members before they shipped out to the Middle East, and wrote about it. I’ve dived headfirst into the most personal topics …

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Losing a phone, a wallet, and then my marbles

We waved to my youngest son and he came running over to the car. As he got closer, I noticed a troubled look on his face. He’s usually all smiles. On this day, there was something else. He had a look of fear, like he was worried, but didn’t want us to know. He opened …

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