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Names will never hurt me?

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me”. The year was 2nd grade and I clearly remember chanting this well known proverb at some kid on the playground as a rebuttal for the names he … Continue reading

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The price of admission

If you have ever been to the deli counter of a grocery store or visited your local D.M.V. (Department of Motor Vehicles), you have – no doubt – had to take a ticket with a number on it.  This number … Continue reading

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READ MY $%@#& BLOG!!

When I was about 13 years of age, I developed a forked tongue.   At home, I spoke in a manner that was pleasing to my parents.  Outside the home, my vocabulary shrunk and 4 letter words dripped off my tongue like … Continue reading

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The breath in my shadow’s nostril

If you have ever spent time with little kids, you will remember how slow the clock moves for them.   Send a disobedient three year old to their room for a 5 minute “time-out” and they will complain how long … Continue reading

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Map My Run – death trail version

I decided to go for a run last night.  It’s the first time I have run (without chasing a soccer ball in the process) in a long time. At least since last week.  In the neighborhood I currently live, there … Continue reading

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Mr. Restoration

Last week my company sent me to a home about an hour north of Charlotte to visit with a couple whose home had recently caught on fire.  Apparently the fire began in the garage, quickly spread to the kitchen and traveled … Continue reading

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4 blessings of the Billboard

I used to have a secret and by all accounts it was a juicy one.  It was the kind of secret that – if it got out – would be BIG news to a large number of people, literally all over the … Continue reading

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Law to the proud, Grace to the humble

Last year I had the privilege of co-coaching a girl’s volleyball team for a local high school.  Like most coaches, I love my team but sometimes struggle with the various personalities and abilities represented.  Some of the nicer girls can’t hit … Continue reading

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“What are you here for?”

If there were one question that was most commonly asked to someone in jail, it was this one, “What are you here for?” Correction officers asked this directly to inmates.  Inmates frequently asked it to each other.  Guards, inmates, prison workers … Continue reading

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The price is right and the importance of new

Whenever I can, I try to watch the evening news and hear what is happening in our world.  Before the end of each show, they normally try to highlight at least one uplifting human interest story.  Given the massive amounts … Continue reading

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Why grocery stores are not men friendly

Last night I went to the local grocery store for a few staple items, things like milk, bread & Doritos.   It took me 3 hours. Needless to say, I really dislike trips to the grocery store.   I never need many … Continue reading

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Liars, cheaters, thieves and me.

I have a friend of mine who writes a blog called, “Writing is cheaper than therapy.” There is a lot of truth in her title. Writing and blogging and reading others writings are great ways to work through issues you … Continue reading

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Welcome to my cloud in the blogosphere

I have been writing since age 5.   First it was just my name.  Then it was basic sentences in grade school (“See spot run”).   Eventually it was long essays in middle school followed by even longer term papers in high school.   One such paper … Continue reading

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