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“It was all a lie,” a really big one

“It was all a lie,” a really big one

I reevaluated how I was spending my time after election season. Even though the big one went my way, I was exhausted with all of it. And with "the big one" not actually being called until November 7, it was clear to me I needed to change the channel, focus more on...

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The MAGA flags and hats are now symbols of insurrection

The MAGA flags and hats are now symbols of insurrection

Take the yard signs down. Put that magic red hat back in the closet. And for the love of America, get rid of the Trump flags. It no longer matters what those symbols may have once meant to you. It is more important what they mean to the rest of us now. It is ironic...

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By a nose, some good things in the worst year ever

By a nose, some good things in the worst year ever

I noticed something spectacular the other day when walking by a mirror: the mask I like to wear makes my nose look smaller! OK, maybe it just gently diverts attention from one of the most obvious gifts inherited from my father. I'm not self conscious about my schnoz,...

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Christmas traditions should always have a story

Christmas traditions should always have a story

In the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story, Ralphie gets the opportunity of his young life when his mom suggests he go help his dad change a flat tire on the way home from buying the family's Christmas tree. The opportunity goes south when Ralphie spills the hub...

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2020’s memory will be something, and something else

2020’s memory will be something, and something else

As I regularly do, it is time to revisit Pew Research to see some preliminary findings about a year like none other. Some might ask: “Why do we need research on this when we are actively living it?”  My inspiration comes from a discussion I had regarding an important...

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Hillbilly Elegy is just another family drama

Hillbilly Elegy is just another family drama

What’s the big deal about this one? I must have been looking the other way in 2016 when J.D. Vance published his memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. The book took on the role of “the crucial guide to understanding the rise of President...

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