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Make Your Surprise the Right Size

Dw.cdrThe dust has (finally) settled from a personal episode I hope to never repeat.

A couple of weeks ago my wife, Liz, turned 60 and I am soon to follow later in this year. For some unexplained reason, I felt compelled to mark her milestone with plans I hoped would pleasantly surprise. But like most of my best plans, the surprise turned out to be on me.

The plan seemed

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I’m Bored, But I’ll Try Not to Snore

Dw.cdrNow, after Christmas amid the snow and cold here, ‘tis the season to be …bored.

Double digit wind chill readings mean confinement indoors for the intelligent. And yet, intelligence has little to do with cabin fever. It’s an equal opportunity emotion.

Boredom is a part of life. We aren’t made to be totally anything, especially interesting. Maybe we never realize how boring life is until someone asks what you like

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You Are Missed, Even If Home Alone

Dw.cdr“Home Alone” wasn’t just a movie this Christmas past. It was reality for one family member suffering so much neck pain that traveling to the family dinner just wasn’t an option.

Sickness, of course, is a common topic during holiday conversation lulls (as well as any other time of the year). No doubt you can think of several fighting colds who watched Christmas over a growing pile of tissues or

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A Scene Not Easily Seen

Dw.cdrBy the time you read this, Christmas Day may be a memory. So, what was your favorite Christmas scene this year? I’ve been blessed with so many choices I can’t quite decide.

A pair of hands. Music is such a big part of Christmas. We expect the caroling to crescendo as the days get closer to Christ’s birthday. So an early Christmas carol performed without the vocalist comes to mind

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Stage Right

Dw.cdrIt started with “stage right.” No, actually it started long before that.

We couldn’t figure out how to lace the baby’s car seat securely in our vehicle. So, we rethought, retraced, and reloaded into the other car. Then we left– safe and snug as four adults and a baby can be in a compact SUV.

The night previous was the baby’s big first birthday celebration, a celebration lasted beyond the

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The Record of a Deed, or a Deed

Dw.cdrSometimes writing a column doesn’t come easily.

The first newspaper publisher I worked with made a point I’ve never forgotten. We had just put our first edition produced together to bed. Before I could say “Good night” he planted me in a chair next to his desk. Then he pulled out a blank layout sheet. Instead of a hearty “Congratulations!” or “Good job on your first edition!” he paused for

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It’s an Everyday Thing

Dw.cdrYoungsters’ whispers are best.

This weekend’s Christmas Around the Square event set to unfold here in my favorite hometown is good kindling for warm holiday spirits. This is the time of year when we begin prodding the little ones we love about what they’re dreaming about for Christmas. We’re scheduled to have grandkids over for Saturday, as well as one of the first Thanksgiving family gatherings this weekend.

So, the

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Drip Off the Ol’ Block

Dw.cdrThe young father saw it coming. So he acted quickly to lean down and hand his young son a paper tissue only to watch the boy take a long (and momentarily successful) swipe of his runny nose against his shirt sleeve. Then, and only then, did the youngster reach up to take the tissue …bewildered by his father’s outburst of chagrin.

Yes, yesterday’s plunge into temperatures below freezing served notice

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Off the Editor’s Spike: Hermann the German

Dw.cdrChristmas seems to be coming early this year as Gallatin businesses announce plans that promise a better Yuletide spirit here. On the other hand, Christmas is already late for me.

Liz and I broke away from all ties that bind and (finally) enjoyed a weekend away at the destination community of Hermann, located on the bluffs of the Missouri River. A nice stay at a bed & breakfast plus gift

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