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Another good week

It’s been quite nice here in Ohio since I last wrote.  That means when I’m not working I prefer to spend my time outside.  That can involve helping Connie in the yard, visiting with friends on the patio or sitting in a folding chair at Colin’s baseball practice.   There’s nothing to report on my…

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A Plan

Right-hand turns are safer for most people.  Think about it.  Some people actually will make 4 right turns instead of 4 lefts.  When I worked at IBM one of my coworkers, Paul Carrick, showed me a different way to the office.  He said there were fewer traffic lights and it was a safer route.  While…

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I’m just not feelin’ it

The favorite thing these days is to change the radio station in my car. I don’t always notice them going for the button until it’s too late.  It’s the whole right side, right eye scenario. They’re catching on that I’m going to change it back.  As I’ve told them “it’s MY car”.  They have pointed…

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New Growth

When I look out the windows into our backyard I can see so much more than I did a year ago.  In August of 2008 we did a major landscape project.  Where there was only grass and a swing-set, there is now 8 norway spruce, 5 arborvitae, service berry, 1 japanese maple and a magnolia…

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A fool and his money

When I was much younger I remember hearing someone say, “Don’t ever play poker with a guy they call Pops, don’t ever eat at a roadside restaurant call Ma’s and ….”  I’ll have to finish that thought in a minute. Last Friday Dr. Spetzler’s office called with the good news.  The other Cavernous Malformation is…

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Why?

Many people have asked me if I’ve gone through the stage of asking, “why me?”.  I don’t know.  That seems like a stupid question.  Who’s going to answer and will it change anything?  Maybe I have, but I just don’t remember it.  I can remember nights where I couldn’t get to sleep.  While on heavy…

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I did it!

I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs this morning, but I did it.  At both church services I gave the following speech on my progress.  It’s amazing how much it took for me to stand in front of a crowd and speak.  It used to be so…

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The Great Oz has spoken!

I’m sure that you’ve heard the line from the Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”.  Sometimes I want to tell people to “pay no attention to the curtain”.  The “curtain” being my face.  Many people, that know me, say that they hardly notice.  When kids stair I miss out…

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Pancakes anyone?

Do you ever notice, life seems a lot simpler when we slow down and eat together?  In the late 90’s with 3 small children, Connie and I started a tradition that goes on until this day.  For those of you that know me, you’ll not be surprised that it revolves around food. It started in…

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Where’s your center?

One of these days I’m really going to accept who I am. There’s something about being “that guy” that grows tiresome. I took my car in for an oil change last week. Could have been a Victoria’s Secret supermodel and not have gotten any more looks. They must have wondered, “how did that guy get…

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