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I’m Gonna Go

Published on July 10, 2015 by in Stories

Many years ago, when my beautiful niece, Kim, was about five or six years old, we were on a family camping trip near a shallow creek in the Oregon sand dunes. Kim was playing in the water, when she looked at the adults on the shore and said, “I’m gonna go potty in the water.”

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Go Bed

Published on March 3, 2015 by in Stories

Shortly after we moved to Topeka, I became involved with Topeka Civic Theatre. While I had always had an interest in theater, work and family duties had taken precedence. But when I discovered I was staying home to be with a son who wasn’t there, I decided I could once again engage in a very

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Gotcha

Published on February 5, 2015 by in Stories

It is disturbing when you first discover your children are smarter than you are. I don’t know when the realization fully hit me, but one event stands out. When the boys were about seven and five, we were playing together in the back yard when Becky called us in for dinner. We headed to the

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Exit Please

Published on November 19, 2014 by in Stories

Anyone who has been a stage actor for any period of time has probably missed an entrance, at least once. But how many people do you know who have missed exits? Well I did. It was in the mid nineties and Topeka Civic Theatre and was producing Arsenic and Old Lace. On the last weekend

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Acceptance Speech

Published on November 18, 2014 by in Stories

Every year Topeka Civic Theatre hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Night, popularly known as The Rennas, after the Renna Hunter awards that are presented to actors in several categories. It is a great honor just to be nominated for a Renna, and an even greater honor to win one. (In the more than 30 plays I

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Looking Foolish

I like explaining things to people. It’s probably why I‘m in the teaching profession. But sometimes when you don’t know what you are talking about explaining things can make you look foolish. Sometimes even wild animals get involved. When I was in high school in Coos Bay, Oregon, I took my little sister, Jo Ann

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With Friends Like These . . .

Published on September 12, 2014 by in Stories

In 2011 Guy Forbes died. Guy was the head of maintenance at Topeka Civic Theatre. He was a sweet, gentle man, and greatly loved by the theatre community in Topeka. He was gay, and, so far as we knew had no immediate family in Topeka. He did, as we were to learn, have distant relatives,

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Jazzercise

Published on September 5, 2014 by in Stories

In the late 1990’s both my wife and daughter-in-law, Tawny, were in Jazzercise. As usual, I was struggling with weight/fitness issues, so when they kept urging me, I joined. This was not a good fit for me; I was clearly one of the oldest people in the class, and one of only two or three

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Code Blue

Published on September 4, 2014 by in Stories

Have you ever had a moment when you wished the earth would just swallow you up and you could disappear forever? A time when you do something so incredibly stupid at a time when the whole world knows: a.) someone just did something incredibly stupid, and b.) that someone is you? I have had many

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Is That Coochberry?

Published on September 3, 2014 by in Stories

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time, not too long ago, when all long distance calls had to be placed with an operator. Sometimes communication wasn’t all that easy. I joined the Air Force in 1963, and trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. When I graduated from basic, I wanted to

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