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COLUMN: Enough with the hype!

At the beginning of a new year, I want to address something that’s been weighing on me for quite some time now. It’s something that we’d all be so much better off if there was a whole lot less of it in the world. I’m talking about hype. It blares at us from every corner. From the endless “breaking news” …

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COLUMN: Make it memorable

In case you missed it, it’s December already, and I’m already a few days late with this column. So don’t ask me what happened to the rest of 2017 because obviously I have no idea! We have less than a month left till the year is over and I’m a year older and a bit befuddled about how all this …

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COLUMN: Impossible Possibilities

So I was checking out the headlines on some of the websites I like to visit when I came to a crashing halt. “Scientists Say the Universe Shouldn’t Exist.” Yeah, that caught my eye. It turns out that, according to the theories and mathematical models developed to try and understand it, the universe should have never formed in the first …

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COLUMN: I Just Might Be Doing Something Wrong!

Sometimes things in life just don’t go as you want them to or thought they would. Here it is early October and I’m just about to leave on vacation. I didn’t originally plan things this way nor did I want to be vacationing this late in the year, but here it is. Due to all kinds of scheduling changes and …

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COLUMN: Change

Everything is changing. Some people like it, some don’t. As you get older (which unfortunately I seem to be doing despite my best efforts to the contrary) change is something that often gets more difficult to accept. But never mind, because whether you approve of or accept change or not, it’s always happening and always will, long after you and …

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COLUMN: Somewhere Between Up and Down

One of life’s great joys are those moments when something unexpected and wonderful happens to us. These high points usually carry with them great excitement and leave in their wake hopeful expectation that it’ll keep happening to us. Of course, they usually don’t. At least not for a long while, at any rate. Notice that I said usually. Sometimes one …

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Column: What a Mess!

It’s a phrase I keep hearing over and over again lately. It’s being said about national, international and local events. It’s being said by men, women and yes, even some kids I know. It’s usually said with a large side order of anger or disgust but at times it also comes with sheer resignation. “What a mess!” It seems that …

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Column: Found On Roadside Dumped

When I bought my first Ford Ranger (I’m on my second one now) I got some teasing from people telling me that Ford stood for ‘Found On Roadside Dead’, among other things. As it turns out, my two Rangers have been great little trucks, and I’m hanging on to my current one since they don’t make them anymore. All of …

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Column: The Perils of Persistence

Last month I talked a little bit about how important persistence is in our lives. Nothing worth doing happens without it, that’s for sure. And, come to think of it, nothing much worth doing gets done without at least some of it either! So persistence is a critical factor in all our lives. But – you knew that big “but” …

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Column: The Power of Persistence

Somewhere around 426 B.C. Herodotus published his greatest work, “The Histories.” More than just a history it’s also an inquiry into many things, including what he called “custom” which is what we call “culture.” “One can see by this what custom can do, and Pindar, in my opinion, was right when he called it king of all.” -Herodotus, The Histories, Book 3 …

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