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Called to do heroic things

Called to do heroic things

Olive green figures cover the flat expanse in attack formation. Some lay prone with bipod-supported M-16s and some aim their rifles off-hand. Some shoulder bazookas while others kneel on one knee, perpetually holding a mortar round that will never drop into the tube. There’s also a couple of machine-gunners on the flanks and a quartet […]

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November 1, 2019 | By More
Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure

    I’ve never been mechanically inclined. I’ve tinkered a bit. Back in high school, a more knowledgable buddy showed me how to tweak the four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor sitting atop the 400 small block in my old Chevy pickup. I put headers on that truck and did a few other minor upgrades and repairs, but […]

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October 1, 2019 | By More
A delicious building block of community

A delicious building block of community

    Nobody really knows how and when we started cooking. But somewhere back in our murky past, meat found its way to fire after the kill. And it was good. Taste was the reason back then, and a good reason at that. The sense of taste tells an animal what to eat. If something […]

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September 1, 2019 | By More
Just do it

Just do it

When it comes to the arts, a lot of people thinks it’s all about talent. They believe the only difference between success and failure, in creative and artistic endeavors especially, are latent abilities bestowed upon the lucky few as they formed in their mother’s womb. Of course, natural gifts do indeed play a role. A […]

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August 1, 2019 | By More
Wonders in every era

Wonders in every era

I’m not a Luddite by any stretch. Truth be told, technology — specifically the internet and everything attached to it including the Pandora’s box of social media — plays a significant role in my day-to-day. It also makes my life more interesting through introductions to new people and connections to friends — real friends — […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
We can’t stand in silence

We can’t stand in silence

    Ethnically, Pope county is about 90 percent or higher white. And without looking at the demographics, I’d wager that this is roughly the same for other counties in the River Valley region. I don’t recall much blatant racism while growing up in Atkins, though, there was plenty of passive racism in the way […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
It’s what you do that defines you

It’s what you do that defines you

As a kid, comic book heroes intrigued me for various reasons. Of course incredible physical abilities were part of the appeal. But the biggest attraction was the alter egos, the dual personalities, the ability to shift between two completely different people at will or sometimes when triggered by outside influences. Comic book characters could live […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness

  If you take a gander at the calendar in this issue of ABOUT, you’ll note that the month of April is bursting with activities in much the same way your yard is likely bursting with the green of new vegetation. After the cold months and the schizophrenic days of March, we want to celebrate […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
The rail runs through and through

The rail runs through and through

Hank Williams Sr. sang about the midnight train whining low and how that forlorn moan — along with a whip-poor-will, a crying moon, weeping robin, and a falling star — amplified his loneliness. It’s a song of poetic beauty. But my experience with all of those components has had the opposite affect on me. The […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Coaching hoops from the heart

Coaching hoops from the heart

Rogue dandelions bloom in the yard as jonquils push their Kelly green shoots toward the strengthening sun. Cardinals sit high in tree tops singing to the sunshine. You almost forget it’s still winter. But the next day, we’re all huddled around the heater while frigid winds whip the bare branches and cold gray clouds cover […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More