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The Ebb and Flow of Life

The tide is ebbing. I had hoped my father would live to see another spring and summer. To enjoy his final pontoon boat rides on the river. To see the trees bud out and watch the deer sneak surreptitiously into the yard under the cover of darkness. But the pull of the moon…

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Merry Christmas To All

The snow has finally stopped here in Illinois and the temperatures have finally climbed above zero; it’s now 12 degrees and expected to climb all the way to 28. The sun is even peeking through the clouds – just a bit, but enough to melt a little of the ice that has been…

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My Roots Grow Deep In Chicago Soil

I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I fled the city years ago, first to the suburbs and then to more remote areas around the country, but now that I am older, I find myself strangely drawn to Chicago. Perhaps that’s because all my immediate family members still live in the…

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Learning To Golf

Yesterday I went golfing with my sister, Nancy, and my niece, Kelly. And by that, I mean I rode in the golf cart while they golfed. For a Monday afternoon, the course was especially busy. Just as the foursome in front of us teed off, Nancy realized she was missing her nine iron…

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Outer Banks, NC To Illinois In 17.5 Hours, Straight Through

Yesterday I left the Outer Banks, NC, bound for Illinois to spend the week of Father’s Day with my Dad and the rest of my family. I had intended to start the trip at dawn, but as I turned off my road and headed for the Bypass, I was confronted by the biggest,…

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Mom’s William Tell Overture

My sister, Linda, sent me a link to the video “Mom’s William Tell Overture” today. Since Linda and I are separated by only two and a half years, we have many of the same memories of growing up, so I’m sure she related to the video as strongly as I did. But I’m…

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