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Wanna Wok?

A couple of weeks ago my wife took me out for my birthday. The actual date of the event had long passed, but that’s okay; that’s how we do things. Precise timing is not important to us, as long as it is eventually celebrated. Sometimes we’re several months late, but if it’s within six, it’s […]

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Goodbye Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer died last week and was buried on Monday. A chess grandmaster, he earned world-wide recognition when he beat Borris Spassky in 1972 to win the World Chess Championship. He was the first and only American to do so. His win was viewed in the USA as a decisive victory in the cold war […]

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Trimming the Tree

Last week we packed up our Christmas decorations, took down the lights (we couldn’t think of a good place to hang “mood lights“), and over the weekend, we trimmed the tree. Say, what? Yes, we trimmed the tree.  The first time we “trimmed” it was to put the lights on.  The second time we trimmed […]

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Brrr

Twelve days ago, we had a record high of 63 degrees.  This weekend it’s been frigid cold.  Note the outside temp at 6:30 this morning: 5.9 degrees Fahrenheit! It was even colder in Green Bay, where the Packers came up a bit short for the NFC Championship.  Hopefully Favre will be back for another try […]

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The Christmas Five

I gained five pounds over the Christmas holiday—and it’s all my wife’s fault. Really; it is. A few days before Christmas, she, code named “the Queen of Desserts,” went on a baking spree, producing a bodacious bevy of delectable desserts that would have put a bakery to shame. Ah! So much to enjoy. So little […]

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Chiefs Win!

I didn’t have time to post anything last night, but I have a good excuse. Son, Dan’s hockey team was playing for their men’s league championship.  They won 8 to 0, for an undefeated season.  Their opponent, having notched upset overtime victories in their first two playoff games, played admirably, but simply ran out of […]

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“R” You Ready?

After another post, considering how words are used—and misused—my thoughts turned to how words are pronounced—and mispronounced. I, for one, have a “flexible” pronunciation style. For any word possessing more than two syllables, I am seemingly able to enunciate it in at least two different ways—sometimes within the same sentence. Amazingly, I have not had […]

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It Melted!

I mentioned earlier that, from my perspective, the ideal winter was for it to snow on Christmas Eve and melt the day after New Year’s Day. In an uncharacteristically Michigan-winter manner, I got my wish! (At least so far.) After about 12 inches of snow over New Year’s weekend, the temperatures began to rise, eventually shooting up […]

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Writing Rightly

On my last post, I admitted a struggle with the writing process. Not so much with the end results, but instead with the speed of getting there. Therefore, I will be working on “writing rightly,” that is writing with efficient effectiveness. Along with that, I have established some personal blogging guidelines for “writing rightly.” My plan […]

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Let it Snow!

Over the holidays, friends from southern California made a surprise visit. Although my buddy grew up in Michigan, complete with it’s snowy winters, his bride and their three sons are California-raised. As such, snow is a greatly hoped for occurrence during any Christmas-time visit. This year did not disappoint. With only mild embarrassment they admitted to becoming distracted […]