Taking a Stand: When are we going to get to the real issues?

So three roofers are standing on a roof. What sounds like the beginning of a lame bar joke is actually one of the problems with what's wrong with America, at least in my humble opinion. Let's get one thing straight, though: Three roofers taking time out from doing their job and standing for the National …

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Leaving Las Vegas … Looking back on four days in the desert

As the Airbus 320, flying as Jet Blue Flight 611, made its way over the Utah mountains, banking towards lower Nevada, the lights down below finally came into view. With every drop in descent, they grew brighter and brighter until right before landing when the city below became clear as day, even in the darkness …

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Celebrating 100: I’ve Got The Music In Me

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche I have always loved music. I can’t carry a tune from here to the shower, and can’t play any instrument worth a potato, but do I love the music from those who can. For as long as I can remember, a radio, a record player, …

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Monday in Manchester: The World Just Changed Again

Every tragedy seems to carry with it that one image that becomes iconic because it gets splashed across television screens worldwide, and in newspapers from Calcutta to California. For Monday night’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, at an Ariana Grande concert, of all places, the image is that of a teen-age girl being helped …

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Happy Mother’s Day To One Brave Lady

I was about an hour away from having a doctor stick a knife into me and splice open my skin when the nerves started getting the better of me. This was just about three years ago and, in the larger scheme of things, going under the knife for an umbilical hernia was rather minor surgery …

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Better Late Than Never: Thank You, Mr. Murphy

I was sitting at the corner of the bar minding my own business when I felt him grab my arm. "C'mon, John," Mike Murphy said in his Irish brogue. "I need you." The next thing I knew I was standing on the edge of a bar fight with two men awash in alcohol-induced machismo verbally …

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