Junk Mail

“You may have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica,” says another prize-winning envelope that showed up in my mailbox. I just need to call this 800-number to claim my prize. Or else it’s a letter pleading with me to help save the whales, the timber wolves, the honey bees, the polar ice cap, and life […]

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Sensible Wheels

When it comes to cars, most people who know me would call me a practical person. I want a vehicle that is not only fun to drive but one I can rely on year after year to get me safely down the road without repeated breakdowns. So, after checking some of the best bets from […]

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Letters from Home

When I was in my early twenties, I shipped out as a deckhand on several Great Lakes ore freighters. Most of the “boats,” as they were called, measured about 600 feet in length and were built with cabins on the forward end for the captain, mates, and deck crew and after cabins on the stern […]

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1040

This is the time of year I gather the year’s receipts, property tax bills, and miscellaneous paperwork and sit down at the computer to work on my annual Turbo Tax returns. For the past 9 or 10 years, I’ve been using mostly Turbo Tax software to ease the pain and agony of filling out my […]

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Broken Bones

Now in my early sixties, I try to stay physically active by playing pickup basketball once a week and tennis twice. We have a dedicated group of people, ranging from 21 to 79, who show up regularly at the gym. In the course of several hours, we manage to get a good workout and break […]

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Trains vs. Planes

When we travel long distance across the country, time is often in short supply. Driving by car is usually out of the question and traveling by Greyhound or Indian Trails, unless you’re a masochist, doesn’t offer much of an alternative. That leaves the choice between trains and planes, Amtrak versus Delta or United. Over the […]

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Burning Wood

As I start the morning fire in the basement wood furnace, I’m reminded of how precious my stash of firewood is. It wasn’t always like this. Twenty years ago, firewood was cheap and plentiful. Most of my neighbors purchased it from a sawmill in Hessel, 50 miles away. It cost only $20/cord if you bought […]

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