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A Royal Shelter from the Elements

I was visiting the Binder Park Zoo this past Memorial Day weekend, and towards the end of my visit it started to rain.  If there is one thing that will universally empty a zoo of people, it is rain.  When the downpour began, I, as luck would have it was…

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What About the Cork?

What about the cork? Have you ever gotten to the bottom of a bottle of wine among friends, and toss the bottle, only to discover at the end of the evening that he cork is still sitting somewhere to be found later? Sometimes it is sitting lonely on the corkscrew…

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Baseball Takes My Troubles Away…

Baseball takes my troubles away. Sometimes life gives one worries, and the struggle for day to day existence at times can wear down even the hardiest of souls. Then there is something that brings one relief. For me it is baseball. Especially early season baseball, when the teams are fresh…

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Bringing Government Agencies Under Congressional Oversight

There is a very refreshing move in the U.S. Congress right now to bring some of the many bureaucracies under Congressional Oversight.  This is long overdue.  Currently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is first on the list, but it expected that the many other bureaucracies will follow such as…

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Visiting The Michigan State Capital

This past week I visited for the first time the Michigan State Capital building in Lansing. I was amazed at the beauty of the artwork in the building. The central dome in the main lobby is quite stunning, and a marvelous piece of architecture. I love the artistic thought that…

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Hockey Represents a Modern Day Clash of Titans

I love going to see a hockey game. I even enjoy taking my video camera with me to capture some of the action. Living in Southwest Michigan, Hockey is a part of the culture here. Children will often get involved in hockey at a local arena, as it is essentially…

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Getting Caught in an Ice Storm

A few weeks ago Southwest Michigan had an ice storm pass through the region. Now, it is not uncommon to have a lot of snow and ice in this part of the country, so this is no surprise. However, this particular ice storm knocked out power for estimates of 60,000…

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Memories of Ludlow Porch

I lived in Atlanta, Georgia from the Mid 80’s through the late 90’s.  On a local radio station, WSB, there was a long running popular daytime show by a Southern humorist who called himself ‘Ludlow Porch’.  His real name was Bobby Crawford Hanson, and his step brother was the popular Southern humorist…

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A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle…

There is an old expression that ‘a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’.  Sometimes we find our inspiration from others by seeing their courage, and we find that somehow our candle is also lit with courage.  In this marvelous age of the internet, we have grown to the ultimate…