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January 6, 2021: An Attempted Coup in America

The title above is probably the strangest phrase I’ve ever written. It sounds like the beginning of a dystopian short story, written generations ago by someone who could never have imagined such an event taking place here in America (see Orwell, George). But the fact is that we did witness an attempted coup d’etat today. … Continue reading »

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2020: The Lost Year

I still remember looking forward to 2020. The year prior, 2019, had brought with it a number of sad days: a murderous attack on two mosques in Christchurch, the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral, a racist terrorist rampage in an El Paso Wal-Mart, a devastatingly busy hurricane season. The U.S. government had just shut … Continue reading »

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My Worst Christmas

Before I jump into a bummer of a story about my worst holiday season, I first want to say that I’ve had many, many great Christmases. I have fond memories of celebrating the holiday as a child surrounded by a mountain of toys, which is of course the primary reason for a kid to celebrate … Continue reading »

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Year in review: 2014

I started writing this end-of-year post in my head a few days ago, and I was thinking that there wouldn’t be much to post. However, when I flipped back through my social media feed for the year, I was reminded that it was quite a busy year, with lots of highs and some lows as … Continue reading »

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Thirteen Years of Howe Memories

This blog post was first published on a Howe High alumni website on January 23, 2003. I had the unique privilege of attending Howe schools for all 13 years of my primary education. I got to experience Mrs. Wormsbaker’s afternoon kindergarten class to Mrs. Cordell’s English classes, and everything in between. Elementary school should be a blur… … Continue reading »

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Bucket List Item “Own A Corvette”: Completed

I’m not one to spend money frivolously.  Sure, I don’t mind dropping some coin on nice things occasionally, but when it comes to large purchases, I evaluate every aspect – value, practicality, depreciation, etc. – before committing.  Growing up poor helped me to learn the value of money and gave me an appreciation for spending frugally.  As a result, … Continue reading »

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July 7, 1995 – eighteen years ago today – was the worst day of my life. The tragedy of that day is something that I have carried around silently for years. Many of my closest friends have never known this story before today. I don’t really know how long this will ramble on, or if … Continue reading »

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It’s Not Fair

My six year old son has come up with a new favorite phrase: “It’s not fair!”  If he’s losing to his brother at a Wii game, he’ll make this claim.  He sees that the Rangers are losing by a couple of runs, and declares that the game is unfair.  If I call him in from … Continue reading »

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It’s Not as Bad as You Think

I am a wimp and a whiner. (Pause for effect). No, I’m not the self-deprecating type, and I don’t have a self esteem problem. Let me explain. This week, there has been a plethora of media coverage about Aron Ralston, the hiker who was forced to cut off his own arm with a dull pocketknife … Continue reading »

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