Archive | June, 2010

Come September

Posted on 30 June 2010

In contemplating a title for this article, I could very well have lifted a line from a beloved old Grateful Dead song, Truckin’.  “What a long, strange trip it’s been” surely describes my life.  For the most part, it’s been a good life.   For everything that I have put into it and everything that I […]

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Science and Madness

Posted on 29 June 2010

For many of us, our views on science and scientists have been colored by literature and films.  For baby-boomers, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and various of what are now known as classic science fiction films gave us the strong impression that while scientific objectives were generally beneficial, the end result often produced evil.  Dr. Frankenstein was […]

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Anything Goes!

Posted on 28 June 2010

Playing dress up is one of life’s little guilty pleasures.  Almost every little girl has surreptiously ransacked her mother’s belongings in order to appropriate them, usually on rainy days when we were bored, or when our mothers’ backs were turned.  Who can forget the slightly forbidden thrill of easing open our moms’ closets to select […]

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In Memory of Me

Posted on 25 June 2010

We measure our lives in years, with calendar changes, birthdays, holidays, and other events functioning as milestones along our route from birth to death.  From day to day, life seems as if it may last forever.  Most of us, while in good health, give little thought to the fact that our lives will surely end.  […]

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Emergency!

Posted on 24 June 2010

Have you ever heard the expression, “Let cool heads prevail?”  Well, yours can be the cool — and safe — head in an emergency, if you plan for that unforeseen situation.  Here’s how to do that: For power outages, such as those caused by thunderstorms and snowstorms: 1.       Maintain a supply of fresh batteries as […]

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Shovel Ready

Posted on 23 June 2010

Adopted by individual voters and political groups alike, the term “shovel ready” graphically illustrates our national chomping at the bit to get off the unemployment line and start earning decent wages again.  Widely used during our most recent primary elections, the phrase actually was coined during our previous Great Depression, under FDR’s administration.  After the collapse […]

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Rewriting History

Posted on 22 June 2010

The Constitution of the United States of America was composed after much consideration and strife with our mother country, England.   It was written to elucidate and safeguard the truths our founding fathers deemed self-evident; these were the rights granted to every man, woman, and child by the grace of God. In creating the Constitution, James […]

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Customize Your VW!

Posted on 22 June 2010

Whether or not you’ve named your Volkswagen “Herbie” in honor of the famous vehicle in the Disney film, we’re sure you that you love your Love Bug.  Well, now you can have more to love!  Offering a wide range of custom and OEM automotive accessories, CARiD.com provides all of the imaginable VW accessories to customize […]

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Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Posted on 21 June 2010

In the 1993 biographical drama Rudy, a young man from a small steel mill town overcomes his physical limitations, intellectual shortcomings, and the doubts of friends and family members to achieve his dream of gaining acceptance and playing football for Notre Dame University.  The true story, based on the life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, chronicles […]

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Can You Go Home Again? (And if so, who’s waiting there for you?)

Posted on 18 June 2010

Several years ago, I decided to test the theories of authors Thomas Wolfe and Thornton Wilder.  I wondered whether Wolfe, who’d postulated that no one can ever go home again, was a cynic or a realist.  I also wondered if my return home would be as painful for me as it was for Emily, the […]

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