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It is difficult for us not to be the center of the universe.  Self permeates our actions and attitudes.  As long as crime is committed on the other side of the tracks we are fairly comfortable.  Bombs go off almost every day on the other...

He was seventeen.  (He told me his age in a later conversation.)  But that isn’t the interesting part of the story.  Over the weekend my wife and I stayed in one of those motels that includes breakfast.  I watched this young man come into the...

Jumping the Gun Sometimes we are so anxious for something to happen we rush to judgment.   Email, Facebook, Twitter and all the other forms of media communication have made it so easy to almost instantly disseminate stories and rumors that feed into what we want to...

The following happened in front of my eyes this noon while I was waiting for my wife to come and pick me up.  (I like it when she picks me up.  She started over 50 years ago.) He looked all of 80, thin, shuffling, a bit...

Yesterday afternoon I inadvertently discovered our doorbell was not working.  I wondered how long it had been dead.  Who came only to think we were not home or worse that we were hiding from them?  (Well, maybe that isn’t so bad.  There are some people...

Today was “Fear Day” in my human development course.  Having been given the weekend assignment of looking up various fear or phobia lists on the Internet my students were to come prepared to confess to their particular fears.  You can imagine the liveliness of the...

Maybe I am being less sophisticated as I near my three score and ten but events of these last few days have really impressed me.  I was duly impressed that there were 135 tornados in less than 24 hours in the Midwest. Eighteen elite runners...

I know I am going to regret sharing this story with you but what would life be without suspense.  I received an email from my sister telling me she couldn’t call me because her phone wasn’t working.  Today I heard the rest of the story...

This past weekend my granddaughter was off from college and spent the weekend with her two old grateful grandparents.  Saturday evening we went for a walk.  The weather was truly delightful.  My granddaughter commented on how strong the dog looked and how hard could she...

Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt.  Student loans have filled me with mixed feelings through the years.  While it has opened the education door for many who otherwise couldn’t attend college, it has also burdened graduates with mortgage size debts before they ever...