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A Grandparent’s Dilemma

My poor grandson has developed the same thing his poor mother, my daughter, had, and it sucks. My daughter had childhood asthma that lasted...

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As Fate Would Have It (A Story of Love Damn Near Missed)

Once upon a time, a lovely couple my wife and I know—let’s call them Brian and Kathy because, you know, that’s who they...

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Gotta LUV That Spam!

And now, a short piece composed entirely of sentences and phrases of e-mail subject lines of spam messages I’ve actually received. No...

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No Politics on the Golf Course!

So today I played a round of golf with three very pleasant guys. (I played horribly. I think maybe I was going back too far in the...

Just Me

Maybe It Won’t Be All Right

Donald Trump, a despicable human being, won the presidential election last night, and I am scared out of my mind about what he might do....

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Rock, Paper, Scissors. Garbage.

Okay, I admit it. I have no clue how Rock, Paper, Scissors works. I mean, I know Scissors beats Paper. It can cut paper, so it wins. But...

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Getting Ready to Rumble! Or, You Know, Write.

My first two weeks of retirement have been spent partly getting used to being retired and mostly working around the house, doing a bunch of...

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Newly Retired and Loving It…So Far

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want. — Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes I’ve been hugely fortunate in my...

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ Again

I was one of millions of Baby Boomers who entered the 60s as unknowing, benign peasants and who emerged a decade or so later changed in...

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Black Lives MUST Matter!

Florida deputy stops black man on bike, shoots him 4 seconds later South Carolina police officer charged with murder after shooting man...

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Eulogy for a Father

So I’m standing in the middle of right field with two outs in the last inning of a Little League game that we were actually —...

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The Comfort of Old Friends

I remember a kid back in high school who was an amazing basketball player and a sometimes hellion. The kid and I went to high school here....

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Why I Love My Moto 360 Smart Watch

My darling wife recently bought me a Moto 360 smart watch because, well, because she’s an amazing woman. I gotta tell ya, I love this...

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Why I Love Golf: Reasons 1 through 7

Funny thing, golf. Four hours or so of ecstasy and agony interspersed with exclamations along the lines of: Dammit! Ooh, that’ll...

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The Snap That Brings My Mother Back

She has been dead a long time, my mother, more than a quarter century, and I still think of her often. Certain sights, songs, and sounds...

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R.I.P, Wolfgang, You Were a Great Companion

Oh, how Wolfie loved an open briefcase. We had to put a pet down recently, a horrible event under the best of circumstances. Wolfgang, or...

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Ask Not What Love Is, This Is It

You can see the Pittsburgh skyline from Ollie’s room. It’s quite lovely in the evening, your eyes scanning the row home...

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I’m not an idiot, I said

I cannot tell you how many times over the years I’ve called myself an idiot. Gotta be in the gazillions, fer sure. I open the wrong...