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In the current combative, partisan environment in Washington, compromise and cooperation are rare occurrences. That is even more evident following House Speaker John Boehner's recent announcement … more
I am haunted by the ghosts of a town. At the first of the year, I stood on the hill, looking down through valley and thinking how familiar this all was... But now also, how surreal. It had been … more
As Carol Ford makes her coffee in the quiet of early morning, she never fails to take in the view out her kitchen window — of a metal, neighborhood mailbox framed, these days, by draping … more
The other day I happened to be at the Park Meadows mall. As I was just the hired help for the day, my role was really just to drive the car, carry the bags, and pay at checkout time. While in Macy's … more
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released on June 1, 1967. I haven't been the same since. How many people or things or events in your life have made that kind of a difference? Some … more
His answer was always the same: “Still eating.” Rain or shine, good times or bad, my grandfather always answered that way, when anybody asked him, “How is it going?” or “How are you?” … more
It became clear to me. Simplified. Like the Navajo woman staring out to the west in a R.C. Gorman painting. It is not what you say that is important. How do you say it? The woman, of course, … more
Regardless of whether it is job loss or retirement, most people are not ready to live on less. When my parents retired 40 years ago, it was understood you would live on less. These days, that is unheard of. Why the change? Two of the main … more
One of the enduring facts of being an outlaw is that you sometimes are blamed for things you had nothing to do with, and perhaps no knowledge of. From the folklore, rumors and fairy tales of … more
Have you ever tried to take away a food bowl from an eating dog? If you do not have a relationship with that dog built on love and trust, anyone who has attempted this can surely share their pain and … more
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