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    Tackling Sundays

    An estimated 33 million of us did this on Sunday.

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    Myunbucket list

    Now that I have officially reached the tender age that makes me eligible to begin drawing a monthly Social Security check, I have had some of the strangest questions posed of me. Many times I’m asked if retirement is in my near future (it’s not), but someone really stumped me the other...

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    Breaking silence

    While news concerning celebrities often brings issues to the forefront of public perception, there has not been a topic more ignored, stereotyped and downplayed than mental health – even after the death of Robin Williams.

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    To be PC or not to be

    I am not a politically correct person.

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    The joys of gardening

    In the 40-plus years that Linda and I have been married, I have put out over 30 gardens. They don’t necessarily improve from year to year, but this year, in terms of the amount harvested, it has to be my best.

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    The real stars

    The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity, and not in that order. Every day we are confronted with this reality, whether we realize it or not. Wake up in the morning and the sun is shining, we should all say thank you to hydrogen. Wake up in the morning and turn on the...

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    Hope is possible in life’s darkest moments

    There was a lot of bad news last week. I suppose every week has its share, but last week seemed particularly unsettling. For me, it was topped off with the unnerving news of Robin Williams taking his own life. I know, thousands of words have already been spoken and written about his life, his talent...

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    Advice fromFOTB

    Our middle child, our only daughter, married a fine young man this summer. It was a beautiful wedding followed by a wonderful reception. Our sons are already married, so I had never before experienced the preparations for a daughter’s wedding. I’d like to share some things that I learned...

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    On middle school and men

    Doesn’t seem possible, but it’s back-to-school time again. Discussions around the dinner table recently have centered on school supplies, new clothes and class schedules. The word pre-algebra came up. It’s been a very long time, but I do remember my pre-algebra days. Mostly...

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    Showing respect

    Being asked to submit my views in this forum came as a shock to me.

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