Author Archives: Scott

Ooh! Tasty!

When you come to know Big Blake, our muscular English Lab, you quickly learn three things. First, that he is enthusiastic, as befits a dog who is 11 years old going on 2. He never descends stairs when he can … Continue reading

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Threats and Deadlines

I don’t anger easily.  But every once in a while, somebody will push the wrong button and Bruce Banner will turn into the Hulk. Right now, I can feel my skin turning green. The last several days have seen windows … Continue reading

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Hidden Stories

Not long after Roger Moore passed, a friend sent a clip of him I had never seen before. It had no car chases or amazing gadgets, no beautiful women and hideous henchmen, not even a single utterance of “Bond … … Continue reading

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A Space Apart

Methodically, one by one, I went through the motions. Roll the neck. Flex the shoulders. Windmill the arms. Eyes closed the whole time as I carefully stretched each muscle and joint, down to the ankles. The routine was familiar. The … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

Heather finally made it. Those of you who have been following the adventures of my wife know that she’s repeatedly almost received an infusion for her multiple sclerosis, only to be rescheduled at the last minute due to a temperature. … Continue reading

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Letter Be

By the time this appears in print, Gil’s letter should be almost ready to arrive. Gil is my stunningly brilliant 6-year-old nephew. (No, it’s not short for Gilbert, and yes, my sister is an Anne of Green Gables fan.) He’s … Continue reading

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Half the Fun

They’d taken Heather’s temperature. Too high. Again. Time to wait. Again. For half a moment, I could feel the old station wagon forming up around us. Longtime readers of this column may remember that my wife Heather was diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Watching From the Shadows

Missy and I had been sitting on the couch when we heard the jingle. “Shhh,” I said. “I think she reappeared.” I set my tablet down, looked behind the furniture. Sure enough, a pair of small eyes gleamed back. After … Continue reading

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Making an Im-Press-ion

(Appeared first in print 4/10/2017) When you’re a teenager, it’s easy to wonder if you’ll ever make a difference. That’s not a problem for the kids of Pittsburg High School. Not after turning their southeast Kansas school newspaper into a … Continue reading

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Looking In

In the wake of an attack, normality can be the strangest thing of all. When the first reports came out of London, my heart sank. This seemed to have the earmarks of a scene that we’d witnessed many times in … Continue reading

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