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I may have taken my most expensive nap ever today. We had just arrived in downtown Charleston, South Carolina after traveling the Outer Banks for a week, and I was suddenly overcome with the need to “rest my eyes, ” as my dad used to say. We pulled into a parking garage, turned off the car e…

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I grew up in the Midwest, where the prairie is celebrated for its unadulterated beauty, where a seed cap is as much a fashion statement as a farmer’s tan, and “jeez” is as close as most folks come to cussing. So when I saw this poem by Sally Fisher, sent this past week by Garrison Keillor in…

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As a youth, my mother learned Girl Scout camp songs at Camp Sacajawea in Boone, Iowa. Years later, she took me to Girl Scout sing-alongs so I could grow to love those memorable tunes and verses—and so I’d know the songs when I went to the same camp as a Scout and later as a camp counselor. (…

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My grandmother Ward had several pithy sayings she often shared with whomever was nearby. “You’re a poet and you don’t know it but your feet show it…Longfellows!” was one such epithet, usually bestowed upon me when I unintentionally spoke in rhyme. It’s a silly little ditty which promoted the…

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On February 25, 2020, I received a text that read: “FYI, a CDC friend recommends that we all lay in about two weeks worth of canned and frozen goods including protein and toilet paper. There is the anticipation that when Coronavirus gets to the US it may close schools and keep people home fr…

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Note: Today I wish to pay my respects to David Tavel. I first met David in the early 2000s, when we were both members of the Associate for Responsible Development (ARD). In our meetings held at The View restaurant in the Crags Lodge, I was in awe of David, a twin to Abraham Lincoln and histo…

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When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is put on some fuzzy footies and then step into my slippers. As a way of practicing balance, I try to do these two simple steps without leaning against anything. Some mornings I can draw my knee to my chest and balance on one leg to put on m…

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A lot of people have been asking each other lately, “What would you do if you won the lottery? ” Because somebody did. The anonymous lottery winner bought the Powerball ticket at Rambo’s Liquor. Lucky duck! (Or not. Studies show that big money winners often lose control of their money and in…

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