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Mark My Words

The times are changing.

Once upon a time families used to sit down and eat dinner together. Not just sit down, but sit at the table. Talk about their day and enjoy the companionship that is family. People went to each other’s house to visit, or write letters by hand, and send greeting cards via the United States Postal Service. And yes, children used …

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Snow, snow snow.

With the amount of snow that has fallen so far this winter, the piles of snow that line our roads, driveways and sidewalks has grown from small hills into impressive mountains. Some of those heaps of snow actually towering over the people and vehicles that they surround. After one of our many snow storms, I actually stopped shoveling the driveway …

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We are now a minivan family.

Shortly after my wife and I were married back in 2003, the first thing on our agenda as a newly married couple was to go car shopping. It was time to replace my Mercury Tracer. I went a little crazy with cars in my early years, thinking I needed a new one every year or so. I purchased one, but …

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Yup! I am turning 40

A milestone is described as a “significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.” Last December, I wrote an article regarding my milestone birthday of 39. The age of 39 has been, for lack of a better word, a special age for me. My mom was 39 years old when she …

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Thanksgiving musings

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. While the actual holiday may be over, I am still feeling pretty thankful for a number of reasons. I have a great family, beautiful wife and daughters, terrific friends and a job I have always dreamed of. The list could go on and on, but you get the point. I am still feeling a …

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I have met the Grinch

If you have any doubt as to whether the Grinch is real, I can attest that he is and he looks nothing like the green creature with the heart three-sizes- too-small that we see on TV. For my family, the Grinch was a middle aged man (I might be a little too generous with that comment) who tried to dampen …

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See ya, Jim

The Jim Leyland era has officially ended in Detroit. As you have most likely heard, the gruff but emotional manager resigned from his position just two days after the Boston Red Sox ended the Tigers hopes of a World Series berth. I am pretty bummed by the news. But at the same time, I am glad that he made the …

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Politically speaking…

I have been biting my tongue, really, really hard over the past few months as it related to our government, the two parties, Obamacare and all that goes with it, including the shutdown that we just endured. I love talking politics and I really believe, even though it is hard at times, VERY hard, that most of our elected representatives …

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Oh rats, a mouse!

I fell asleep in the recliner the other night. That rarely happens, but I was so tired that I ended up dozing off while watching TV. Everyone else was in bed; the living room was lit only by the TV, which by this time was showing something that comes on well after the local news. To be honest, I can’t …

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Living with regrets

Last week, among others, I made the following comment: “We can live our lives with regrets, I suppose, but I prefer not to. It can drive you crazy worrying about the ’what ifs‘ in life. Every single thing we do can be analyzed and debated, so why bother? So while I may wonder, I do not regret.” When I wrote …

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