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Screaming like an ass…

So…the other night after hassling with my 16-year-old daughter over my wanting her to forego taking any more college AP (advance placement) classes, as I felt she was having a more than difficult time keeping her grade-point-average up to where we’d become accustomed (A++), and not getting the support my wife is, by marriage obligated […]

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The dreaded 9-11 juggernaut

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time. – Samuel Johnson I thoroughly dread the next two weeks with their 9-11 articles, stories, and documentaries&#151the impending inundation depresses the hell out of me. After all, we can address […]

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If you had just one year to live…

If you had only one year to live, would you spend it with the person you are with now? Wait…don’t answer yet; think about it for a few seconds……………….. Did you actually think about it? If not, stop reading now and really think about that question. Sure, you may love the other person; they may […]

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Men need attention too.

It is the fear of middle-age in the young, of old-age in the middle-aged, which is the prime cause of infidelity, that infallible rejuvenator. – Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave (1945) A friend of mine recently had an affair. He told me this while lining up a tricky put on a less-than-forgiving green, crouched over […]

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Familiarity…some solutions

Okay…where were we? Oh yes, we were talking about “familiarity,” a concept both good and bad for a relationship; and how, after a number of years, couples&#151having learned just about everything there is to know about each other&#151often find they’re left with the only thing(s) that remains forever fresh, the things that unfortunately never get […]

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Familiarity…a good thing?

“I just find it so frustrating,” my friend said to me the other day while golfing. He was talking about his wife’s penchant for leaving her unwashed breakfast bowl in the sink; the uneaten cereal left to harden for the day. “Mmmmm,” I said, pretending I cared about his cereal tribulations more than the tricky […]

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Family fun.

Well…I’m sitting on one of two Adirondack chairs my wife and I have behind our house on a canal leading to a river leading to the Atlantic, enjoying on my iPod Andrea Bocelli singing Italia with Chris Botti accompanying&#151Amazing! If you haven’t done it…do!&#151when, as I’m leaning to pick up my glass of Bohemian Highway […]

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Clyde the painter writer.

A painter came the house this morning to give me an estimate on some work I’d like done. He apologized for not coming last week when he had said he would. “No problem,” I told him, “I’m here every day.” I added by way of unnecessary explanation, “I’m a writer…I work from home.” “Yea?” I […]

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Andr&#232 Gide was right.

A favorite author of mine, André Gide, wrote a few years before he died in Paris about change: “Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of […]

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Oh, the humanity!

Hey, get this: According to a bunch of scientists that recently met in Las Cruces, New Mexico, earth may be in for a few years of cooler temperatures (sorry, Al Gore). Sunspots—in case you don’t know—account for much of our heat, and sunspots are expected to “vanish” for a few years beginning sometime after 2013. […]

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