• Toddler’s first visit to fair

    Kaylee finally made her first trip to a fair, and boy, did she have a good time. She’s taller than most 3-year-olds (and probably a lot of 4-year-olds to boot), so she was big enough to ride the kiddie rides. I forgot you have to …

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  • Keep the connection — don’t wait till it’s too late

    For many, going on vacation also means leaving someone to check the mail, water the plants and let the dog out, but how often are our elderly loved ones left with no one to check on them? Like life has a way of doing, people …

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  • Man could someday merge with machine

    It sounds like science fiction but there’s a real movement to merge man with machines. It’s called singularity and it can’t come soon enough for one inventor who estimates its arrival in the next few decades. For those who don’t keep up with technology, AI …

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  • Rivers that run wild

    When I first saw an advance proof copy of the new book titled “Wild Ran The Rivers” by James D. Crownover, I thought it looked like an environmental-related book that would be less than appealing. But it’s not. In the book, rivers do run wild, …

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  • Some connections aren’t easily rationalized

    “Don’t call me. Don’t call me. Don’t call me.” I kept repeating those words over and over in my head, but after a couple of names were drawn, I heard, “Anngeleeiah Roberts.” Ugh. This was a dilemma. My first trip, and the cynic non-believer was …

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  • When shoulder pain becomes the topic at hand

    The United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but hey, with WebMd we can all diagnose ourselves now! I’m being facetious, of course, but once Gary, Kaylee or I have seen a doctor it seems I can’t wait to do my own …

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  • Outdoors recipe … omelet in a bag

    This is a great camping recipe for those who want a wholesome breakfast without all the fuss.  Here’s what you need: Quart size Zip-lock bag, mixing bowl, 2 eggs, chopped fresh mushrooms, l chopped onion, chopped fresh peppers, precooked bacon, precooked chopped ham/sausage, salt/pepper.  Blend …

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  • Those front porch pleasures

    Ahh, the joys of a front porch, they are many, as I’m finding out since my wife’s recent purchase of new wicker porch furniture. If you have a porch and aren’t aware of all its pleasures I will give you a rundown of those I …

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  • Wrong attention is not surprising

    Here comes another way to romanticize a life of crime: Enter the “hot felon.” Thirty-year-old Jeremy Meeks whose mug shot has gone viral was arrested June 18 on gun charges in California, but he’s getting more attention for his good looks. The mug shot has …

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  • History being destroyed

    We all know war destroys lives and property but the war in the Middle East is also destroying history. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) militants have been destroying antiquities across the Middle East and there seems to be no end in sight. Reverence for …

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  • Sacajawea – The traditional story

    Last week’s column gave an account of Sacajawea, the Shoshone Indian girl, whose husband was Toussaint Charbonneau, a French trapper. She was about 16 when she and Charbonneau agreed to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 to the Pacific Ocean. She was not …

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  • Young man headed for West Point shows us we all can do better

    Sometimes you just have to reach out and ask for help. This week, I’m asking for yours. When I had the opportunity to sit down with 18-year-old Shawn Young and write his story, I didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past and …

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