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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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Rushing to Help

With bowls and ingredients in hand, my wife Heather armed herself to make my birthday cake. Naturally, Missy jumped to help, eyes aglow. For those of you who remember my previous chronicles of our disabled aunt/ward, who’s 43 in physical … Continue reading

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Oooh, Shiny!

I may have finally found my sport. Mind you, I’m not without competitive talent. If someone announces a punning decathlon, I’ll be right at the starting line. The 100-meter deadline-anxiety dash has my name written all over it. And my … Continue reading

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And The Winner Is …

By the time this appears in print, the envelope will be open. The statue awarded. The orchestra will be playing the new Best Picture Oscar winner off the stage. And then, approximately 30 seconds later, all the pundits will be … Continue reading

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With Everything On It

“Go, ahead, honey,” Heather told Missy. “Show him your card.” Eagerly, Missy reached out and handed me her latest creation. The sheet of computer paper that it had once been could barely be seen. From corner to corner and edge … Continue reading

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Getting in the Gears

The story might be apocryphal. I’ve noticed that the best ones often are. But true or not, it’s still worth telling. When I was in school, I saw an illustration that has been part of many a civics lesson: namely, … Continue reading

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Piling On

In The Naked Gun, there’s a wonderful scene where the bad guy has just been zapped by a dart from the hero, Lt. Frank Drebin. “He’ll be all right,” Drebin says, and he would have been –  if the bad … Continue reading

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