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Out and About – Week of February 20th

Since my retirement, I’ve found myself busier than I was when I was punching a timeclock. This is common among many retirees. I’d like to think of myself as a professional volunteer, but that could be looked at as an oxymoron, because professionals get paid for their time, and the only pay a volunteer normally gets is a warm feeling …

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Out and About – Week of February 13th

To those of you who love someone or anything, I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. If you don’t love anything or anyone, I believe you have a problem. To the majority of you, please take a moment and remind those closest to you just how much they mean to you. If you’re a hugger like I am, you …

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Out and About – Week of February 6th

There are two topics I try to avoid when putting this column together. They are religion and politics. I witnessed my father arguing both topics as I was growing up and I vowed to not waste my time arguing over such personal issues. Besides, I feel everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and who am I to try to …

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Out and About – Week of January 30th

There’s nothing more American than the hotdog. Going to a baseball game is not a complete experience unless you have at least one dog and a bag of peanuts. You can’t have a real cookout without hotdogs on the grill. It’s also against the law to put ketchup on a Chicago-Style hotdog. You might be interested in knowing what the …

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Out and About – Week of January 23rd

Now that we are well into 2017, it’s time to go through the file cabinet and get rid of those papers that we really don’t need anymore. It’s also time to get your paperwork in order so that you’re prepared for your meeting with your tax preparer. Many of you will take care of preparing your own returns, but I …

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Out and About – Week of January 16th

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than to get Out and About to a local eatery and partake of a delicious breakfast. A good cup of coffee compliments the meal and without the coffee, the breakfast is incomplete. There are some who enjoy a cola instead of coffee, and this …

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Out and About – Week of January 9th

Honor is one of the nicest things to have, and it’s also a very nice thing to share. “It’s an honor to do this for you” is a very nice thing to say to someone. Unfortunately, this act is not done enough. The American Legion Honor Team, from Hice-Shutes Post 170, performs an act of honor every time they are …

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Out and About – Week of January 2nd

I am sorry to admit that I am not much of a reader and never have been. I’ve always read just enough to get by. If I do read a book, it’s usually a biography. My problem is that I have difficulty concentrating on just one thing at a time. As a student, I could not have any distractions, such …

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Out and About – Week of December 26th

This is the final column for 2016. I’m taking the rest of the year off and recharging my brain. I do this at this time every year. The next column will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. One of the weird things about beginning a new year is remembering to change the year when writing a check. Then, with all …

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Out and About – Week of December 19th

As a toddler, taking a nap was something I didn’t enjoy doing. At this time in my life, taking an afternoon nap has become quite enjoyable. It has become something that is also quite necessary, unless I want to find myself falling asleep during Jeopardy. I’m an early riser, even without an alarm clock. I don’t need to get up early …

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