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WetFest to RiverFest

I am just an inside kind of guy, I guess. I was reminded of that Saturday morning as my wife and I were out walking our two dogs around the neighborhood. We had gotten about halfway around our loop when it started to pour. It made me mad at myself. As I had gone out […]

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Smarter than a fifth grader?

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Of course I am, I thought, when the show by that name first arrived on television. You know the one. Host Jeff Foxworthy quizzes celebrities and folks like you and me about topics  fifth graders are supposed to have learned in school. How hard can that be? I’ve […]

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Garage sale? No, not really

I was taking the kitchen trash bag out to the garbage can at the side of the house Saturday morning when a car rolled to a stop in front of our house. Before the couple could get out, I pointed down the street to where a yard sale was under way and they moved on. […]

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Fixing fuzzy, wuzzy hair

It was 5:30 in the morning and I had just slipped into jeans and a shirt so I could take the dogs on their morning walk around the neighborhood. Now I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror, trying to do something about my hair. The hair on the sides (the only place I […]

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Moving on, or maybe not

We felt a little odd Friday night at the New Albany football game against Ripley. It’s not that we felt out of place. We love football and we’ve already adopted the Bulldogs as our new high-school team (I even have the mandatory maroon knit shirt.) But it’s not quite the same when you don’t have […]

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Dorms still the same

All the symptoms were there Friday morning as we drove to Memphis to move Joe into his college dorm for the first time: nerves on edge, stomach upset, mind racing through all the things that might happen during the first week on campus. No, not Joe. That was me. Joe was sound asleep in the […]

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Don’t fume at the blue car

The next time you’re on Highway 30 West between here and Oxford, and the traffic is backed up, waiting to pass a little, blue car, don’t get too upset. That’s my wife, going exactly 55 miles an hour on the uphills, the downhills and the long straight stretches. Most times, she’s even using the cruise […]

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Tent, music and carpet

I was struggling to get the tent up. The front was sagging and it was barely big enough for two people to squeeze in. No, we were not camping. Jenny and I don’t like spending nights with mosquitoes, and without air conditioning or showers. I was on a ladder in a fourth-grade classroom, trying to […]

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Picnic “fun” at reunion

Well, it’s over. And I have to admit, it was better than I expected. I’m talking about my wife’s 40th high-school reunion in Independence, Ky., a suburb of Cincinnati. We drove to Kentucky last week to visit Jenny’s parents and attend her once-every-10-years high-school event. I like visiting her parents, perhaps even more so because […]

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Not the best grandpa

Being a grandparent comes naturally to some people. I am not one of them. It’s not that I don’t like kids. I love kids and have three of them. Two are married and the third, Joe, is headed off to college next month. I take pride in their successes and feel their hurt when they […]

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