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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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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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What’s your nose doing in the waste basket?

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This might be called an ode to fate or, just a humorous, poorly timed event — for me, just 10 days after a shoulder replacement, when I was totally drugged-out, barely remembering my own name.  Everyone was assuming I was quietly in bed.  I wasn’t.    MY WIFE TO OUR DAUGHTER:    Get up! your father just fell in the wastsbasket ANS: …

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Returning to “my people”

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Eight years away from my roots, I returned home, to my neighborhood, to rediscover “my people,” a mix of idiosyncratic, iconoclastic, independent, non-judgmental, delightful souls seeking intangible values. Most of us meet weekly. Describing ourselves better, one of the Greek philosophers observed “if the soul is the intangible part of the human being looking for intangible values, then love is …

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Corporate soup

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Moving cross country we had passed a truck similar to this one. We should have recognized it as an omen. I don’t think we had ever heard the term “corporate soup.” A motel with its associated restaurant did us the honor. Tired and looking for rest and food, we found a nice motel with adjoining restaurant chain. “Well, one chain …

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I thought I was taking a vacation

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You must remember  that we live and continue working on our farm — hard and constant work for over four years.  I had just gotten to the point of seeing the hardest work, you know, working with concrete and shoveling and hauling, at an end.  Just then my wife decides we should “visit” our daughter for a few days. Off we go for the cross-country drive …

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Why is the garbage always in my car?

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We live on a small farm out from town.  It seems inevitable that when I am in my biggest rush to get into town — a surprise, the trash, the smelly version thereof, always ends up in my truck. “Oh, dear, did You see the trash?” ” No, but I  smelled it!” I muttered under my breath. P.S.  As for the …

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