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As I See It

Summers Past

I have always been grateful that my childhood was spent before the days of organized play. My childhood growing up in Washington, D.C. seems in its way quite perfect whenever I look back on those summers long past.I remember in grade school that one of the first assignments in school was to ...

Time Heals all Ills

The story below is true. It is a story of my first true love. The events took place in the summer of 1962. I have left out the name of the girl I was dating in case she is still around and would read this article. I thought it would be neat to put it in a short story form. I hope you like ...

You can go home again

This week gave me a chance I had not had in 70 years. It all started when I got a note from Ancestry.Com. It came in the form of a question; "Did I know a Dana Whipple?"Dana Whipple was the name of my father, who I did not know well. He and my mother parted ways in 1948 and divorced in 1951. ...

Something old, something new

As I have gotten older, I have been thrown a few curve balls Mostly I have been able to deal with them and then move on. The very latest curve ball is something I thought would never happen to me. I have a disease called Ataxia, or in my case Ataxia with a vitamin B12 deficiencyAccording to ...

The Beauty of the world around us

As I have gotten older I have begin to notice how beautiful some things have become such as watching the sun come up or standing in a field on a cold night just looking at the stars. Somehow it gives me a certain peace in my life that I have not felt before,The early Chinese teacher Confucius ...

The sled ride of my life

I notice that the last few winters in our area have been mild. Oh, we have had a snowstorm here and there but mostly the temperatures have stayed in the mid 30s and when it rained it would be a cold rain or sleet but not too much snow.Growing up in Washington, the winters seemed to be colder ...

Many dates make up New Year’s Day

I thought that writing an article about the celebration of New Year's and its origins would be a simple task. It was after much research and a real learning experience that I put pen to paper. Here is what I learned in the first week of this new year.In the United States, thousands of people ...

Over the years, Christmas has changed

Through the years I have noticed how Christmas has changed. The first thing is that the beginning of the Christmas season seemed to start after Thanksgiving. Now most stores start to put up their Christmas displays right after Halloween .Black Friday is similar to Boxing Day. It is not an ...

There are no rules for growing older

Thoughts on turning seventy...well, old age is knocking at the door. There was my life before seventy and my life after.Where has all the time gone? It seems just like yesterday that I started the first grade. Why, just the other day I started boot camp. Each summer I played baseball, in the ...

Baseball back on top in Washington

A Washington baseball team its first play off game in 79 years. The Nationals beat the Card's 3 to 2 in a nail biting game. As I sat there watching, I thought of all the baseball games I have been to in my lifetime. Until this season, the closest I have ever come to seeing a winning baseball ...