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Posted Apr 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

When I retired and decided to move to Jacksonville, people asked, “Why there? Do you have people? What will you do?” Truth be told, I felt I had no one, and the work I was doing hadn’t worked for me in a very long time. Shortly before the big move, I was at a local grocery. Behind the bakery counter was a beautiful young woman beaming in my direction. “Joan, is that you?" she said. "I think about you all the time. I want to thank you for being a...

Posted Apr 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The ongoing election caused me to reread a required essay for Social Studies that I wrote when I was in high school in 1948. Our title was: ”What Kind of an American Am I?” This is what I wrote: I am an American citizen. I...

Posted Apr 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

People who are hearing impaired are all around us. Some are quite obvious because they are wearing hearing aids. Some say "what did you say?" or "say that again" — a lot. Some are not so obvious, because they are only mildly impaired...

Posted Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I recently listened to an Iowa imam interviewed by NPR and heard discouragement in his voice. It saddened me. But more than that, it embarrassed me. Referring to his congregation, he recounted incidents of people on planes expressing...

Posted Mar 5, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The other day I drove by a Walmart parking lot and noticed what looked like a homeless person holding a "Will work for food" sign. And not 10 feet away from him a sign for Walmart sign read: "Now hiring!" The irony made me laugh, and I wished I...

Posted Feb 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Curiosity brought me to the Jan. 2 Holly Theater First Saturday tour. I wondered what building would be worthy of the expense and effort. Why support the preservation of a building? Why restore when we can build new, bigger and better? It...

Posted Jan 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I saw a newspaper article not long ago where actor Hugh Grant was leaving a restaurant and was being hounded by reporters, so he threw his doggy-container of baked beans at them. I remember thinking, “Why is a man who is worth...

Posted Jan 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

THE DONALD TRUMP REALITY SHOW Boy, can he work a crowd — draped across his podium, telling his followers how much he loves them. His ego is frightening. The fact that he believes he has the skills to run a...

Posted Jan 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I’m what most people would call extreme. I jump from cliffs on mountain bikes, snowboards and ropes. And when I hike, it’s across entire states or countries. Over the years, I’ve suffered many injuries while playing;...

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