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As we wake up on Thanksgiving

As we wake up on Thanksgiving 2022, let us embrace the day for what it is, a chance for gratitude and to acknowledge the gift of a new sunrise. The Thanksgiving tradition of all-togetherness may be exactly what America needs, too – to get all the grown ups together under one roof and find common…

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Recently, in order to stop singing the blues

Recently, in order to stop singing the blues – likely the result of elections and too many news broadcasts – I began watching old videos on YouTube. The videos were mostly from the 1980’s and early 90’s, years of my childhood, consisting of mementos of memorable Christmas sitcoms, Bob Hope Christmas Specials, and a myriad…

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Special moments sneak up on us

Special moments sneak up on us.  In reality, we don’t always know that we’re experiencing the extraordinary when in the immediate throes.  In that regard, special moments are like a white cloth absorbing red wine:  the realization spreads gradually. When we look back over our lives, be we young or old, we can often see…

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Social media is a tool that connects the world. 

Social media is a tool that connects the world.  It makes the world the smallest it’s ever been. We can reach across the globe with a click of a mouse and impact someone in a country to which we’ve never been. During COVID lockdowns, when our lives seemed to be otherwise spinning out of control,…

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As baseball’s postseason takes flight

As baseball’s postseason takes flight – full of perennial pinstripes, Texans, and former Indians – I couldn’t help but feel my annual tinge of excitement for America’s Pastime. I’ve loved sport my entire life and have happily participated in my share –  golf, tennis, cricket, ad nauseam – but it was baseball that held my…

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In my family

In my family, the kids cringe when it’s my turn, under any circumstance, to play music. Their earbuds go in immediately, but I find that, generally, music is an historic and unifying force. Much to the kids’ chagrin, my music playlists are diverse walks through the global songbook; a story, generally, of my life. When…

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For every thing there is a season

For every thing there is a season, but it seems like, for some of us, our lives are destined to straddle the sands of time. I recently watched a recorded performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “The Follies,” and as part of the introduction, Sondheim himself described the plot as a string of characters who have one…

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II

By Shane Gilreath The death of Queen Elizabeth II was noted around the world, but it marked a continuation of losses from a generation who have exemplified service.  It’s a generation we should continue to look toward for guidance and example, both in life and in remembrance.  This is just as true in the United…

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