02 March 2022

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‘Iron Horse’ appreciated life

‘Iron Horse’ appreciated life


They called him The Iron Horse for playing in 2,130 consecutive games over 17 years for the New York Yankees, including six World Series that the Yank...
16 February 2022

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Shakespeare provides words of wisdom

Shakespeare provides words of wisdom


In a dust-covered box of old, forgotten books, I discovered a slight, green Shakespeare Birthday Book presented to my paternal grandmother, Bessie Smi...
09 February 2022

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Remember friends, loved ones on Valentine’s Day

Remember friends, loved ones on Valentine’s Day


Evelyn Waugh, in 1934, wrote a short story, “Bella Fleace Gave a Party,” about a reclusive, elderly Irish woman who lived alone in an inherited ma...
02 February 2022

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Calendar offers bits of wisdom

Calendar offers bits of wisdom


I was given a calendar last Christmas, “The 365 Smartest Things Ever Said,” created by a brother and sister writing team, Ross and Kathryn Petras....
26 January 2022

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Start each day with courage

Start each day with courage


I just woke up. Now, sitting before my computer, as I do early most mornings, I ask myself before sunrise what brings me joy. First thought: I a...
19 January 2022

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12 January 2022

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05 January 2022

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Two sides to ‘horned arguments’

Two sides to ‘horned arguments’


Would you say, over the long haul, that you are more pessimistic or optimistic? How would the person who knows you best categorize you? Few of us a...
01 December 2021

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Hardwired for kindness

Hardwired for kindness


“The underlying nature of human beings is not savage, but essentially nice.” “Humanity thrives in a crisis. Our innate kindness and cooperati...
29 April 2020

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Together apart

Together apart


“Imagine,” John Lennon famously sang. “It isn’t hard to do.” When I was growing up, children played the “what if” game. “If you wer...