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Our search for the “intangibles”

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Some great philosopher wrote to the effect.” if the soul is the intangible part of the human body in search of intangible value, then love is two souls coming together.”  I am extremely fortunate to have found a spouse and life where we found the soul in: our homes our friends our books our gardens and most especially with our …

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“We” are going on diet

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Shortly upon returning home from my second shoulder replacement, my wife was assisting me with my giant shoulder sling.  “A little tight huh, Bull? . . .  This is not good . .  .   we are going on a diet.”  For my wife, already being svelte and thin, this “we” was, obviously ME — but, not to worry, I …

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Inequality is truly mean

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We have a good friend, a good and blind friend who has been a contributing and productive man against immense odds that would put most of us down and on the dole.  Not our friend.  Now he is older — has just lost his partner of many years, the one who was their eyes, their transportation, their cook.  Yet, our friend’s humor …

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On hockey and punishment

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My two females are rabid hockey fans.  Needless to say, Saturday nights are not movie nights, neither are they football nights.  They are always “Hockey Night in Canada.”  Now, one would think that hockey, being a relatively violent contest, would not be the sport of choice for my females.  Wrong!  It is not only their sport of choice but their …

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Mi Casita . . delightful

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After a previous road stop where I was served “corporate soup” my wife and I had traveled another 400 odd miles, stopping in the little town of Green River, Wyoming, about which you should know two things. First, this little town has one of the finest authentic, south-of-the-border restaurants we have ever visited,  Mi Casita in downtown Green River.  The lamb …

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Get out of the car, look around and breathe deeply

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On a recent move from Oregon to Colorado,  we made time this trip to visit two Park information centers we had used only for rest stops in the past.  If you spend the time at these two, an amazing wake-up call is in store.  Here’s their impact on us: Craters of the Moon National Monument in southern Idaho looks exactly like its …

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World’s greatest rest stop

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We were traveling across the central Oregon desert in the heat of summer, had not seen a shade tree, much less a comfortable picnic table nor restroom for over two hours. Our rule has always been to keep going till we find the right place, and we did until to our great joy, around the corner in a little charming town we …

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Life’s unexpected transitions

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Beginning each year we invariably make resolutions to change the course of our lives for the better; and a short time later we mostly fail to recall even a few.  For us, the times we could reflect and make changes were both unexpected and unwanted. My opportunity came when we had no money to spare.  The economy had tanked — there were simply …

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Generous acts to one another

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Many of us search for the existential “goodness.”  I use as a turn of phrase “Godliness”  — to express the existence of a prime goodness most of us want to recognize in ourselves.  Some choose to personify this as God.  A recent article by David Brooks cited the thoughts of Kennedy Odede: “My mom taught me that while there is a …

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The She Speaks

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The “She Speaks” is a metaphor for the females in my life. They have numbered up to four at any one time including a wife, daughter and two female dogs.  It’s a wonder I survive at all, at least, that’s my point of view. Each time I have had a male companion — a dog, for instance — it lasted until a female dog came …

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