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The return of Pac-Man

I went back to school last week. The smell of fresh wax nearly overwhelmed me as I headed down the hall to the classroom. It’s the ritual end of summer at the Mitchell house: Our son Joe and I help Jenny get her classroom ready for a new crop of fourth graders. By Saturday when […]

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Always a Chevy man

Opinions differ about cars. But to my father, only one mattered – his. He was a Chevy man and that was what he drove most of his life. Dad, who died in 2002, would not have considered owning a foreign car, a used car, or even a non-General Motors car for that matter. He derided […]

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Neat, tidy and lost

Everything is in its place. A small stack of paper sits neatly on one side of my desk; a legal pad is at the ready, right in the middle; and a pad of sticky notes is on the right, by the telephone. It’s very neat and organized. That’s the problem. It’s too neat and too […]

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Trees? Just plant some

I’ve tried to climb trees (although not lately). I’ve swung on tires tied to their limbs. I’ve relaxed under their branches, sipping tea on hot summer days.  One thing I’ve never done though, until now, is kill trees. Don’t get the wrong idea. Trees have always been a part of my landscape. I love trees, […]

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Making friends the easy way

Jenny and I got married last week. At least, that is what our son Joe told us after seeing it on the internet. He found it on Facebook. How did it get there? It turns out it was my fault, and I was pretty embarrassed. It was a quick reminder of the danger of me […]

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Batching and broken glasses

It’s my wife’s fault that I broke my glasses. That’s what I think. Of course, Jenny doesn’t agree. (You were pretty sure she wouldn’t, weren’t you?) She says she was 475 miles away in northern Kentucky at the time. Well, she was actually. But it’s still her fault. It all started 10 days ago when […]

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Just relaxing on Memorial Day

What did you do on Memorial Day? We stayed home. We did some house cleaning and grilled hot dogs. That’s about it. We didn’t do a whole lot the entire weekend. Jenny and I don’t have any interest in car racing, NASCAR or otherwise, so we didn’t even watch the two big races in Indianapolis […]

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Too many bells and whistles?

Now, don’t get me wrong. Jenny loves her car and she has no interest in getting a different one. She drives it back and forth to work in Oxford and it has never let her down. She’s rolled up more than 80,000 miles, and it still looks about as nice as the day she first […]

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4th grade too tough for me?

May is my dumbest month. Oh, I don’t feel too smart most months. April isn’t good, but May is the worst. By the middle of the month, I’m wondering how I ever got out of elementary school. It’s all my wife’s fault. Jenny starts fretting about how her fourth graders are going to do on […]

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Change is the only constant

We’re 124 years old. No, not me personally, although some days I feel a little like it. I’m talking about the Gazette, which published its first issue in 1889. An article in that first issue predicted the Gazette would be around for a long time. What constitutes a long time is a matter of opinion, […]

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