Loopholes & Shortcuts: The Lazy Man’s Guide To Home Repair

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I went on a do-it-yourself website recently to get some of the latest tips on the best ways to quickly and easily take care of home repair problems. I found articles like “Fixing a Leak in a Vinyl Pool Liner,” “Cleaning Your Espresso Machine,” “Chandeliers Made of Household Items,” and “How to Match Cracked Travertine Tiles.” Really? What kind of …[ Read More ]

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I’ve Forgotten More Than I Ever Knew

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I’ve forgotten more than I ever knew. In other words the sum total of the knowledge currently in my brain is less than all the things I once knew but have now vanished, like a magician’s rabbit, from under my hat. At what point in my life did I cross that threshold? Certainly as I was growing up and regularly …[ Read More ]

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When The Last Kid Moves Out

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Ravi, our youngest, recently moved out of town into an apartment that he’s sharing with friends. Before he left we let him know how much we’d miss him. “I want you to remember that your room will always be here for you whenever you need it,” I told him as he took his last box out to his car and …[ Read More ]

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Cows

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We once had cows where we lived. They weren’t our cows but they always acted like they belonged on our land and we didn’t. We owned a small farm in the hills of southeast Ohio. Most of it was covered with a scraggly forest and the soil was poor clay but parts of the hillsides had been cleared for a …[ Read More ]

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Remembering What It’s Like To Be A Kid

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I forgot what it was like to be a kid until I had kids of my own, and then I was too busy trying to figure out how to keep from going insane. But now that I’m a grandparent, I often have the luxury of just observing the kids, knowing that after a few hours of babysitting I’ll be able …[ Read More ]

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How To Remember To Forget

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Everyone has had a few things in their life that they’d like to forget ever happened. That time in third grade choir when you barfed on Nancy Kemmelmeister while performing “America the Beautiful” at the spring all-school concert. That time your cat was sick and you texted your credit card number to the Hope and Prayer Ministry when their robo-calling …[ Read More ]

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The Lose 10 Pounds Following My Wife Around Exercise Plan

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A couple of months ago my wife Sue noticed that her phone had a built-in app which kept track of every step she took while she was carrying it. She remembered hearing about the Ten Thousand Step exercise plan, first popularized by Japanese pedometers in the 1960s under the name “manpo-kei,” which means “Get off your butt pokey old man.” …[ Read More ]

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Things My Family Must Do To Make Me Happy

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I’ve worked my whole life to take care of you and make sure you had everything you needed or, depending on how you’re related to me, you worked your whole life to take care of me and make sure I had everything I needed. Except for that ten-speed bicycle you refused to spring for, which is why I couldn’t get …[ Read More ]

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The Political Apology You’ll Never Hear

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I’m really sorry that I allowed corporations to become people. But you have to understand how much money they were willing to give me just to go in for five minutes and vote “aye” for a bill that I didn’t even need to read all 427 pages of. When was the last time a corporate lobbyist offered to treat you …[ Read More ]

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Getting The Most Out Of Life

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How is today different from any other day? Will it be another in an endless series of wake up, drink coffee, work, listen to horrible news on NPR driving home, have a stiff drink and conk out in front of the TV? Will this be another week of looking at the calendar and hoping the weekend comes sooner than it …[ Read More ]

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