The Blue Sweater

It was the middle of February, and the weather was not conducive for walking outside. I went to a nearby indoor track and planned on walking for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how I felt when I finished the first hour.I arrived at the gym excited and ready to get…

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

In 1964, Goldwyn-Mayer released “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a film starring Debbie Reynolds. This fictionalized biopic movie is based on the life of Margaret “Molly” Brown, born into the John and Johanna Tobin family of Hannibal, Missouri in 1867. The movie starts with a scene in which Molly, her father, and brothers return home from a fishing…

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“So, What! My Mother’s Approach!”

As a student in elementary, junior high, and high school I was at best an average student. I earned mostly C’s, some B’s, a few D’s, and occasionally an ‘A’. While I got a few E’s on tests and some class assignments, I don’t ever remember getting one on my report card. One term in…

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Life in the Snow

My father grew up on a farm in Afton, Wyoming where it was not uncommon for the temperature to reach 30 to 40 degrees below zero during the winter. In fact, it would get so cold that a sneeze would freeze inside a person’s nose and stay there until the spring thaw. When Dad was a senior…

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Put Your Spelling List Under Your Pillow

I was never a very good student and honestly believed I wasn’t capable of getting good grades, but I had one teacher who made a significant difference in my life. She was my fifth-grade teacher, and her name was Mrs. Bouck. In many ways she was quirky and unconventional with her methods, but she helped…

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The Mousetrap!

Some time ago I read the following story. I don’t know where I read it or who wrote it. I have taken a few liberties with it but to the best of my recollection it goes something like this.​​There was a mouse who lived in the walls of a farmhouse with a farmer and his…

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The Long, Painful Wait

In March 1994 I spoke at a conference in Michigan and ended up staying over the weekend. I remember lying on my bed Saturday afternoon reading a newspaper article about John Kruk, the first basemen for the Philadelphia Phillies. This article mentioned that during Spring training he had been hit in the groin with a…

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