Monthly Archives: July 2011

Real Class

It felt strange and familiar at the same time. The bustle, the crowd, the jumbled noise of several dozen people talking at once, these I knew. Even the faces in the crowd were much the same as they had been. … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Number

 There aren’t many folks who’ll welcome a 13 into the house. Our city’s planners didn’t. Why do you think we have Mountain View Avenue? Garth Brooks didn’t. The man once skipped directly from track 12 to track 14 on a … Continue reading

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Growing Ivy

My niece Ivy is one year old. Let me try that again. My niece Ivy is one year old. It still doesn’t seem possible. Oh, I know it’s not just possible. It’s inevitable. But it still seems strange. A year … Continue reading

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Forgoing Fargo

 Anyone got a 49-star flag handy? We might need it. Send it by way of North Dakota. Assuming there is a North Dakota, that is. No, the entire state didn’t fall into a black hole, though I admit that can … Continue reading

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Backup Brain

  It sounds like a tabloid headline: The Internet Ate My Brain! But that’s more or less what a new study comes down to. It claims that constant exposure to the Net has changed the way we think and especially … Continue reading

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The Greatest Show on Earth

Dinner was over at the Hargett house. Now it was time for the floor show. Elizabeth and Ashleigh, my wife’s grade-school sisters, sang and danced with all their might. Lyric sheets sat before them on the living room floor, sometimes … Continue reading

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Foregoing The Honor

News-flash! Adolf Hitler de-honored by Austria town! Which might mean more if, you know, Adolf Hitler were still alive. Or if anyone could remember whether he’d received the honor in the first place. Yes, it’s that strange. The town of … Continue reading

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Accio Memories

It’s time again for the world to go to Potter. Just once more. If you’ve been keeping track, you know the final Harry Potter movie debuts in London on Thursday. If you haven’t been keeping track but have small children, … Continue reading

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Setting Fourth

After 13 years in the newspaper business, you get used to certain patterns, especially at holidays. So, in honor of our nation’s 235th birthday, here are 13 certainties about Independence Day: 1) There will be at least one survey showing that … Continue reading

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