Monthly Archives: August 2012

Spotlight

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My father is about to turn 80, and his most fervent wish was that we would celebrate the occasion not with a  formal dinner in a fancy restaurant, nor with a trip to some exotic locale.  And as far as I know,  my dad was not interested in his children pooling their resources in order

Cinnamon Toast & Frozen Yogurt

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The ground floor of 5631 Hillside Drive has undergone quite a dazzling transformation - and the credit completely belongs to Kathy.  When it comes to looking at a perfectly fine room and imagining how it could be even better,  she has a gift that I simply do not possess.  I used to frame the comparison

The Circus Leaves Town

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Well, our house is done - or at least this phase of our renovation.  (The family room windows still need to be replaced, but that will be happening at some point down the road.)  But the floors have been transformed and the walls have been repainted,  and it looks wonderful.  Truly. But before I celebrate

Bear Building

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I think it’s safe to say that 99% of the stores in America’s malls hold absolutely no interest for me whatsoever.  They amount to nothing more than a collective blur of storefronts that I scarcely notice as I rush to Barnes & Noble, F.Y.E., the food court,  or whatever department store has a decent selection

The Plight of the House-less

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Kathy and I are right in the middle of an experience which is both an exciting adventure and an exercise in tedium and frustration . . .  and most of the time it’s very hard to know where the one stops and the other begins.  We are having hard wood floors installed in our family

The Olympic Touch

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I have to confess to a hot-and-cold history of the Olympics.  There have been certain Olympic games  (like the games in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Atlanta) which were so important to me that I essentially scheduled my life around them.   Other Olympic games (like the ones in Barcelona, Sydney and Beijing) received only my most

Supper Club

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The story you’re about to hear is true.  (To quote the old TV show “Dragnet.”) When I visited my sister and her family in Decorah, ten days ago,  she served a meal that absolutely knocked my socks off.  It was cubed chicken in a delicious sauce, served over rice like I have never seen or

Well Red

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There is nothing more exciting than getting to see history shift right before your eyes.  Last night,  Carthage faculty and staff were invited to a very special event in the student union - an opportunity to bid farewell to our outgoing president, Dr. F. Gregory Campbell and to welcome his successor,  Dr. Gregory Woodward.  Those

Runaway Bunny

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Kathy and I have been following the progress of a litter (?) of five baby bunnies, whose den is located right in the middle of our front yard.  After a harrowing experience two weeks ago,  when Ellie found the nest and had three of the babies in her mouth and only reluctantly gave them up,