20 November 2012

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Finding the good in it all

Finding the good in it all


My knee went out while I was going down a silly slippery slide at an amusement park. After hobbling around for several weeks, I finally took medical advice and sat around for days with an ice bag taped to my leg. I had a lot of projects I wanted to tackle, and none of them accommodated a cold pack attached to my body.
06 November 2012

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Challenging work set to begin

Challenging work set to begin


Have you ever been at an event to celebrate the completion of a project and the emcee seems to introduce almost everyone in the room? Then, after introducing those by name, the emcee says, 'Now, will everyone else in the room stand up because I don't want to miss anyone who has contributed to this success?'
23 October 2012

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Vote as if your life depended on it

Vote as if your life depended on it


When I sat down at the computer to write this column, I felt like my head was stuffed with three times more pressure than it was built to hold, and none of it was produced by brains. These autumn days are noted for beautiful blue skies, golden leaves and lots of leaf mold and pollen.
09 October 2012

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Challenging and charging China

Challenging and charging China


Wow, have I had my eyes opened. I just spent three weeks in China. Sure, I realized before my trip that many Indiana jobs had been outsourced to China because of its low labor costs.
25 September 2012

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The danger of drought

The danger of drought


More and more I realize that the drought of this summer was indeed traumatizing. It affected our agriculture and, thus, our food prices. It caused watering bans in the cities and loss of work for those in landscaping services. Trees were turning brown in mid-summer, and garden shops were facing high water bills coupled with loss of sales. The grass in Indiana looked like the sands of the Sahara Desert and crunched with each step. And, as you know, it was hot, hot, hot.
11 September 2012

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Changing to stay the same

Changing to stay the same


Change is in the air. After the hot and dry summer, we can detect it in the cooling of the earth. And it feels good.
28 August 2012

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Be prepared

Be prepared


As a kid, I remember marching around our house singing 'Be prepared.' That's the Boy Scout marching song. 'Be prepared as through life you march along.' I don't know if I had the words right then or now, but it sure embedded in me the thought that, if one was going to amount to anything in life, they had better plan and train for whatever might arise.
14 August 2012

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Gold medals through ‘one darn thing after another’

Gold medals through ‘one darn thing after another’


Sometimes life seems to be 'just one darn thing after another.' I recently went through such a week. Heat, broken and repaired air conditioners and subsequent clogged humidifier drains, flooded basements, no rain, mixed-up plans, sick friends and irritated sinuses. Even a grandson with a black eye after a mishap with hamburgers during an innocent picnic. You know the feeling: irritation to disbelief to slaphappy laughter.
31 July 2012

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Welcome to the party

Welcome to the party


Everyone loves a birthday party. Even golden oldies like me like to celebrate our special day with family and friends. It seems to me it is a way of reaffirming the fact that, 'Yes, indeed, I was here at this point in history and the world would be different if that weren't the case. I matter.'
17 July 2012

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Saving the center

Saving the center


Isn't it amazing how often unintended consequences result from even well-intentioned plans and actions? Life is so complex these days that unintended consequences should not be a surprise. I find that few things are all 'good' or all 'bad,' and, thus, good actions can have some unfavorable results.