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Shug and Me

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His mother called him Shug (as in “sugar”). So we all did. And we still do—although his size and somewhat rugged appearance don’t fit the name. Picture the Marlboro man with a few more years and a few more pounds. Shug is one of my oldest, best friends. So when he moved back to his […]

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But I Don’t Plan to Retire

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“But I don’t plan to retire.” My friends words were typical of what I hear when others learn of my book. I think my response surprised him. Him: “But I don’t plan to retire.” Me: “Neither do I.” Him: “But you did!” Me: “Not really.” Him: “Yeah” (said with heavy sarcasm), “so that’s why you […]

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My Almost Free Ebook Giveaway

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Wanna make a friend smile during these days of quarantine? My book is not only about retirement. It’s about health, creativity, fun and, yes, hope—no matter how old you are. ANNOUNCING MY ALMOST FREE EBOOK GIVEAWAY Starting Monday, April 6 and for a limited time, I’m almost giving away the e-version of my book. Almost—because […]

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The Darkside

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Well, it happened. I got my first negative review on Amazon. Came from a guy named The Darkside. Yep, a little spooky. Didn’t know whether to purchase a lightsaber or string garlic around my computer. Anyway, Darkside’s critique was insightful. Evidently, I “started off good,” but “dragged on with little substance especially for a gen […]

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Happy Birthday to George and Me

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On February 22, 1732 George Washington was born on a plantation near Fredericksburg, Virginia. And on the same date in 1949, I was born in Canyon. Have always been proud of the association with our first president. As have other friends of mine who share the same birthday. Seems we all grew up having Washington-themed […]

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Get the Shot!

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I haven’t blogged for about three weeks, but I have an excuse. Can give it to you in one word. Are you ready? Shingles. For those of you who have walked in my shoes, I need say no more. For the rest of you, GET THE SHOT! Actually, I have been journaling. But the pieces […]

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Burned Toast

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My brother Craig loved burned toast. At least, he told Mom he did. For the record, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was just currying favor with the chief cook and chauffeur. Well, it worked. He did seem Mom’s favorite. And she did burn a lot of toast. It’s easy to see why now, […]

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Constructing a “Don’t Do” List

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So I’m doing my traditional New Year’s assessment—seeing what got done last year and thinking about what needs to happen in 2020—and I had a thought. Maybe the most important thing is not what I put on my “to do” list but what I leave off. Because, it’s obvious; I can’t get ALL these things […]

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My First Book Reading

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Had my first reading last week. It took place in a small room in a small bookstore with a small crowd (can you call 10 a crowd?). I loved it. I used to tell students that you never know what you have written until a reader tells you. So authors live for reviews and comments. […]