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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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Thoughts on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

As I reflect on our memorial of the terrorist attacks of 2001, I remember the special service at Grace Episcopal in Topeka on the tenth anniversary of the attack. Father Lipscomb invited a Jewish and Muslim congregations along with a rabbi and an imam to collectively remember that day. His remarks resonated with me, and

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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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I Think I Hear God

Published on September 2, 2014 by in Stories

While I was teaching at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the mid 1970’s, I loaned the jack from my Ford Torino to a student who lived in the neighborhood. When he returned it, he just tossed it in the trunk, loose, where it rattled around every time we hit a bump in the road

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Bruno

Published on September 1, 2014 by in Stories

Today is Labor Day, and to honor working men and women, I’ve selected this as my daily story: When I was in my early twenties I worked for a short time as a logger in the woods inOregon. The work was difficult and dangerous.  Most of the men I worked with were older than me

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