Have you ever come to the realization that your understanding of something in your past was wrong? In other words, at a later point you became aware that your memory of an event or time period was false.  I’ll try to explain. At an early age, I considered myself to be a well read and…

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I have written previously of not being much of a gambler.  My first experience was at a young age pitching pennies against the stoop out in front a neighbor’s row home.  I was never happy about seeing my coins scooped up by a winner.  I started sticking loose change into a jar and focused on…

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Strange title, I know, but bear with me.  My father was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy for 27 years.  Of his many assignments, some good, some bad, he got a plum one to report to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.  By this time, my parents had 3 children.  My oldest brother was…

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Goals are curious things.  Some are short term, some long.  Some are incredibly easy to attain; others may take a lifetime.  And then some goals are achieved by just being patient.   My son drew this picture at the age of 7. It’s a picture of him parachuting with the caption: “When I grow up, I…

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I came home last March to find my daughter, Natalie, watching basketball playing on a TV and 2 laptops with a sheaf of brackets in her lap. Of course, it was the opening round of the NCAA basketball tournament. She has been a sports fan her whole life. I still cherish the memories of her…

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Forty years ago, two events occurred that did more to derail an entire industry than any other effort by activists at that time.  In March of 1979, the movie “The China Syndrome” was released.  It starred Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas.   Reviews of the film were overwhelmingly positive. The nuclear power industry pushed…

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I am no saint, as anyone who knows me can attest.  I suppose if I opened this article up to input from friends and family, a very lengthy tome could be produced.  I’m not sure how entertaining it would be, but it wouldn’t lack for detail. Negative or positive activities can turn into habits after…

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Parents, at least in years past, have often pointed out how tough it was growing up in their day.  The proverbial story of walking 5 miles to school in the snow provoked eyerolls in many children.  That oft-repeated story became a target of derision with ever-increasing obstacles added to each re-telling.  An argument could be…

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“That wasn’t so bad, was it?” Soothing words of a nurse administering vaccine shots when I was a kid As many of you, I also grew up in the time of mass vaccination programs.  Schools were used as the site to deliver vaccines for polio (ever wonder where “A Spoonful of Sugar” came from?), DTP,…

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It’s a cliché to say how quickly kids grow up, but it’s rooted in some reality.  When a child is an infant, a parent’s clock slows way down.  Every movement of a new born is supervised and managed (especially the first born) to the extent a completely irrational being can be controlled.  As the child…

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