Louie Marsh

Why good relationships take work

The other day I heard someone quote from Thomas Paine’s famous pamphlet The Crisis, published on December 23rd, 1776. You know, the one that starts, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” That’s the part we always hear quoted and usually that’s about all we hear from it, other than the line about “summer soldiers.” But it turns out …

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Spending time, the limited resource, wisely

Well it’s January which means another year is beginning. Another year? Sheesh – I was just getting used to the last one! I hate to sound so clichéd but where on earth does the time go? I know as you age, your experience of time changes. I’ve experienced that myself and have plenty of testimony from friends to back that …

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Take a gander at the baggage train

We are neck deep in the holiday season and for a lot of people the stress is starting to take its toll. Isn’t it ironic (to quote another song) how human beings can somehow take a season designated as joyful, uplifting and meaningful and turn it into a debt-inducing, commercialized, stress-riddled, over-indulgent, month-long marathon? It says a lot about human …

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November: The Holidays Begin

When you stop to think about it, we celebrate a lot of holidays in America. Just like everywhere else I guess. It seems that people have a deep-seated desire to stop and mark important dates or times and significant or meaningful events. As we enter November and December we are entering what most people call “the holiday season.” Not that …

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On the Edge

One of the things I like to do to amuse myself is to listen carefully to how people talk. I enjoying hearing new catchphrases come into use and then watch them as they fade away. Some phrases are short-lived, like the long lost “tubular” of the 1980’s, but others seem to take on a life of their own. Occasionally, just …

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The power of small changes

September marks the beginning of a seasonal change here on the river as we move into Fall. It used to be marked with school starting as well, but today we do that in August. It does begin a cool down, however long and slow it may be. Change is one of those topics that seem to show off our human foibles and a lot of …

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Rediscover the value of working for love

One of the things about Parker and the Parker Strip that doesn’t get talked about very often is the romance that goes on around here. By this I do not mean the romance of being under the open sky with the stars shining brightly and the coyotes yip, yip, yipping under a full moon. Instead I’m talking about romance in …

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Getting Hot

I was thinking the other day about the different ways that we use the term “hot” and related terms as a metaphor. This odd train of thought left the little station in my brain because I had just come in from doing a few things outside and man, was I hot! (In the literal sense of the word, you understand.) …

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Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend

The way you organize things says a great deal about you. That’s true even if you don’t organize well or even at all since disorganization is, in a sense, a form of organization. I know because I’m the kind of person who likes to organize things by piles. My desk is like that, pile after pile until there’s not enough …

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What I think when a neighbor loses everything

As I write this it’s been less than a week since two very good friends of mine, who live just up the street from me, had their house burn down in the middle of the night. They salvaged one of their vehicles, the wife’s purse, a bathrobe and their two dogs. In short they lost just about everything as did …

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