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Wayne Mitchell

Procrastination and garage doors

Sometimes procrastination pays off. At least that was my spin on the events last week when our garage door stopped working. It had been screeching much of the winter when I punched the remote-control button to raise or lower it. But I had chalked it up to the weather causing the tracks to contract a […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Spring Sports Preview time

Well, it’s March – the time when my mind turns to sports, March Madness and our first glossy magazines of the year. I’ll admit that I spend a lot of time about now watching the NCAA college basketball tournament. I don’t really have any of my favorite teams in the tournament, but it just seems […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Sorting the music CDs

This column is reprinted from the June 9, 2010, Gazette. Unpacking our CDs the other day was a lesson in generational differences. We’ve got a couple hundred and I had asked Joe, our son, to sort them by genre and then put them onto shelves. Soon, he was asking lots of questions. He was unpacking […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Way too many passwords

Saturday night I was sitting on the couch reading a magazine when Jenny said she had seen something on Facebook that she thought would interest me. Now I’m not much of a Facebook person, but I decided to take a look. When I picked up my mobile phone, I couldn’t even find Facebook. It turns […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Just another trip to Oxford

It’s become sort of a monthly ritual for our family. One Saturday a month Jenny attends a training seminar for elementary math teachers in the Oxford School District, and our son Joe and I tag along. No, we don’t go to the training. Rolling out of bed in time to get to Oxford for an […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Checking over my resume

Sunday afternoon I was looking over my resume on the computer. Now don’t jump to any conclusions. I’m not looking for another job. Some days I struggle enough just trying to do this one. No, I was looking back over it to see if there was anything on there that was an exaggeration. That’s a […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Should we get more bread?

Early Sunday afternoon, Jenny and I were discussing whether we needed to get another loaf of bread in case freezing rain caused a power outage. I had been out Saturday morning buying groceries for the week, so we had a lot of food on hand. But the issue was how much of it was going […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Clueless about gardening, doors

My wife Jenny says that when I claimed that my hobby was gardening 17 years ago when we were dating that I was exaggerating a little. Well, really she says I was exaggerating a lot – that what I meant was I will mow the yard once in a while when I can’t talk our […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Need a W-2? Print it yourself

Jenny was sitting on the couch, reading emails on her laptop computer. “Hey,” she said. “This says I have to go online someplace and set up an account to print out my W-2 for our taxes.” “Surely not,” I said. “Usually it’s a form with several tear-apart pieces that comes in the mail.” Jenny logged […]

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Wayne Mitchell

God’s garden needs weeding

The preacher was talking about how when he was growing up, he never would have believed he would have three raised beds in the backyard where he grows vegetables, herbs and flowers. That’s because his father was a county extension agent and had an acre-sized garden. He had to help out in the garden in […]

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