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Out and About – Week of December 8th

Two weeks from this Thursday is Christmas. The next couple of weeks will be filled with the usual Christmas parties. My wife and I will attend our share. We’re both retired, so she’ll not be attending any school parties, and I won’t be attending any company gatherings. We will attend several Christmas parties hosted by various Lions Clubs in our …

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Out and About – Week of December 1st

If you are one of those who made New Year’s resolutions twelve months ago, you have less than a month to hold on to them. Congratulations to those of you who held on to those convictions. If you lost the weight you resolved to do, or if you paid more attention to your family and less attention to those things …

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Out and About – Week of November 24th

Thursday is Thanksgiving. You still have time to invite someone to join you for Thanksgiving dinner. If you look carefully, I’m sure you can find someone who is in need of the family atmosphere. Thanksgiving is the one day when no one should have to work. Unfortunately, there will be a few stores that will be open so that shoppers …

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Out and About – Week of November 17th

I’ve been retired for almost four years and find myself busier than I was when I was punching a time clock. I’ve heard from other retirees that, if you do the right thing after you retire, you don’t have time to work for someone else. I guess I’m doing the right thing, because I still get up early in the …

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Out and About – Week of November 10th

Twice a year I make my much needed trip to the dentist. I’ve visited the dentist this way for as long as I can remember. My mother would be proud of me, I’m sure. Visiting the dentist is not the same as going to your eye doctor, or should I say optometrist. I’ve felt discomfort during my appointment with the …

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Out and About – Week of November 3rd

If you’re reading this and have not voted, please do us all a favor and get out and vote right away. Today is Election Day. You have a chance to possibly make a difference. If you decide not to vote, then in my opinion, you have no right to complain about the outcome of the elections. As promised, here are …

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Out and About – Week of October 27th

We only have seven more days of mudslinging, name calling, and falsehoods. A week from today is Election Day. We will no longer be plagued with non-stop political ads during every commercial break on television. The mute button on my remote is just about worn down to a mere stub. I can’t imagine how much money has been spent over …

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Out and About – Week of October 20th

If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you know that I can be quite nostalgic. I sometimes spend too much time dwelling on the past. You might say that my “Memory Bank” is quite full. What I’m leading up to is that I was thinking the other day about how things have changed over the past couple of …

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Out and About – Week of October 13th

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended her fiftieth class reunion. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, and her class was the first to attend all three years in the new building. My wife was part of the Reunion Planning Committee, so she had been working on the reunion for the past year and one-half. …

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Out and About – Week of October 6th

Last July, we spent a week in Canada attending a Lions Convention. I wrote a little about it, but recently discovered more information that I thought would be helpful to pass on to anyone planning to visit our neighbors to the north. There are some Americans who do not appreciate having “foreigners” in our beloved country. If you are traveling …

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