The reason for the season

I guided my cart through the Target Department Store not really paying attention. With Halloween coming soon, many shoppers were loading up on candy and treats. The store was so busy that I came close to running into an older women and what I assumed was her grandchild. My wife had sent me to the …

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Longing for the cool kicks

I couldn’t help myself. I was looking something up online and I happened to come across the advertisement that included a picture of the shoes, a pair of tan blucher moccasins, the kind of shoe that I loved when I was in college. I soon found myself placing the shoes in the site's shopping cart …

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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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A Hallmark kind of Christmas

I put on my coat to run a couple of errands and my wife was positioned comfortably on our living room sofa watching the latest Hallmark Christmas movie. In the minute it took to tell my wife goodbye and kiss her on the cheek, I got the lay of the land: Young advertising executive Melanie …

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Fast and furious and going nowhere fast

I know that I've written blogs on this topic before, but I just couldn't resist. ----------------------------- I let off the brake and moved my car a few feet ahead before braking again. A line of red brake lights, two-lanes deep, spread before me in the darkened horizon like a pack of ants crawling in formation. …

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Things that can’t be bought

The commercial flashed by on my television screen last year and was gone in 60 seconds. I’m not sure when it first caught my notice, sometime in November or December, possibly during a football game or late one evening watching a movie. I was sitting in our living room, half-heartedly paying attention to the TV, …

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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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Looking for our seat in the front row

When I was a young kid, my parents got my brothers and I up early one Saturday morning to make the three-hour drive to Pittsburgh to see my favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. I could barely hold in my excitement. The game would be my first Major League Baseball game. The drive went past …

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A farmer, a car salesman, and a preacher walk into a bar

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and it's gotten me thinking lately about the road not taken: a car salesman, preacher, insurance carrier, farmer, and steel worker to name a few possible roads. These are all fine careers. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown and make …

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Traveling on a whim

We could travel to Europe. We could stroll past the luxurious galleries and plazas surrounding the Louvre and the Tuileries garden for a classic romantic walk or take our picture together looking up at the Eiffel Tower. We could catch a table at Carretera Miramar, a picturesque, little café overlooking the city of Barcelonia, and …

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