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PATIENCE

My mother, God rest her soul used to say “patience is a virtue, posses it if you can, seldom held by woman, never held by man. Naturally I would hear this poetic gem when I was about to burst a blood vessel in my forehead because something wasn’t going right or didn’t make sense. These…

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OpTIMism

The last time I did a blog post, the topic was wisdom. This time it is on a commodity that is dropping like a proverbial rock…optimism. My brother and I were walking through a graveyard south of Pittsburgh where a lot of our relatives are buried. An alarming number of the headstones were little ones…

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The Big Picture

My father was a fundamentalist minister. I rebelled in my younger years against way too much of what he stood for, learned and taught. If your’e old enough you’ll get the humor in the concept that as you age your parents become wiser and wiser. Mine did… My dad, God rest his soul, was a…

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CURRENCY

When you hear the word currency you probably think of money. I do. But there are many different kinds of currency. Some tangible and others not so much. I have sold my home in the twin cities and am in the process of moving to the St. Cloud area. Moving is an unenviable task. I…

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HIDE AND SEEK

When I was little and the weather was too dangerous for us to venture outside, we would often play indoor games like hide and go seek. I loved hide and go seek. I was kind of a hide and seek god. I had the best shriek of anyone around when I got found but in…

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MY CHRISTMAS LETTER

In the 60’s you could hardly turn a radio on without hearing the word “peace”. Everyone wanted it, well, most of us anyway. But it was “a long time coming” as the words to a popular tune by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young asserted. Certain things were and are and out of our control. The…

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Horses

I love western movies, characters, fashion, manner of speaking, good guy and girl ethics, structures, hell-even the dust from horse hooves is better than the modern dust from cars. I do wonder how they kept their beer cold enough for it to be as popular as it seems to be in cowboy movies. I never…

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Plumbing

Plumbing hates me. I hate plumbing. I always feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football that Lucy is holding and seriously, Lucy has some explaining to do. It is not lost on me as an exhaust person that plumbing is really the same except in the way that the elements contained in household…

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Communication, real or otherwise.

The 19th century was great especially if you liked flint lock rifles and coon skin hats, log cabins and incurable diseases. I like the first three a great deal. The modern world has things to offer not imaginable by most until the fantastic became work-a-day reality. When my brother was in Vietnam, a letter from…

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NEW THINGS FROM OLD THINGS

Things change. I knew that I knew that I knew that someday yet another change would force us to do exactly what we are doing-making mufflers. We have two big signs in the shop that declare “WE DON’T SELL CHINESE MUFFLERS”. (That last character is a period in case you missed it). Whoa, another period!…

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