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A case for a blueprint for life

My world takes on a new focus at midnight on Christmas Day. Overnight, the after-effects of the monthlong orgy of parties and family gatherings become real, very real. My habit of diet and exercise were tossed aside, and good times and good food moved front and center. December 26 is judgment day; a day when my focus returns to health and wellness. My mind turns…

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Yet another Christmas memories trilogy

This year I am reminiscing and sharing more Christmas memories of my youth in Alliance, Ohio. Last year, I shared my first installment of this trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy and share your personal memories of Christmas past. Christmas lights Every December, my mother bundled my brother, sister, and I up like Ralphie and Randy from A Christmas Story. She loaded us…

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Remembering my sister at Christmas

December 15, 1975 was a cold Ohio winter day in Alliance. I was spending the morning getting my car serviced before heading out later in the day with my sister Cindy to finish our Christmas shopping. WFAH on the Sears waiting room radio announced that there had been a fatal car-train accident east of the city. I had a strange feeling hearing that news. My…

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Thankfulness, kindness, hope

November the ‘tween month; in between autumn colors and Halloween and the bright lights and Christmas. November is Movember, a no-shave month for men that focuses on men’s health, specifically cancer. November is Thanksgiving.  How could I forget the turkey, pumpkin pie, football, and an all-day food coma! Thanksgiving is more than turkey and football. We all know the story of the Pilgrims and Indians…

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Fourteen years and counting

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of my triple coronary bypass surgery. I had a minor heart attack a few days earlier. I suffered several setbacks in the days following surgery. I was placed in a drug-induced coma. I had two additional surgeries. I spent ten days in cardiac intensive care. I left the hospital feeling pretty broken after a seventeen-day stay. That time in my…

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Five things I learned from the mountains to the coast

I sat on the curb disappointed in myself in Asheboro, North Carolina. I was well into the third day of my mountains to coast ride. Two hilly days were under my belt. Temps were in the nineties with humidity approaching the same. The forty-four miles on my third day were hilly, really hilly. The last eighteen miles beat me down. I was facing 26 rolling…

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Alex, what is…

Each weeknight Americans settle in for an evening of relaxation by tuning into Jeopardy! The show has ruled early evening television for over 55 years. Alex Trebek, one of the most recognizable faces on TV, has made “Let’s play Jeopardy!” one of the hallmarks of contemporary American culture. Alex Trebek announced in March of this year that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was…

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