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As I See It

The age of pencils and paper has passed

This is a blank sheet of paper.When I was a kid it was a piece of white paper which had a head and several lines. Then you would take a pen, or in most cases a pencil, and write a complete sentence.The standard definition of a sentence is a group of words containing a subject and a predicate ...

Gray days, caves provide a beautiful trip

As we get closer to Christmas, the more I want to slow time down just a mile or two. The winter is not for away. First of all let me say how much I use to love gray days. The colors were brighter yet the rooms were just a little darker. It was a peaceful gray. As I have gotten older, though, ...

‘Tis the season to take time and reminisce

The Christmas season is here. The next four weeks will be a series of parties, dinners and exchanging gifts between and loved ones.To me it's the finale to the fall season. All the colors of the season are heightened with Christmas lights and brightly colored coats and sweaters. Cookies, cocoa ...

Fall brings back fond memories

Fall, what a wonderful time of year.Fall is my favorite time of year. From the time I was a tot to now, I enjoy the fall.When the weather starts to turn cool, my pace quickens. I take a deep breath and realize that I have survived another year.When I was a child, the fall meant long car rides ...

Life Marches on

I was in a store last week getting things for a birthday party. I noticed that the store had already put out its Halloween supplies, not only that but there were Christmas items such as lights and tinsel and a laughing Santa. This was all before the first of September.Somehow our lives have ...

There’s still some youth in all of us

There is an old song called "Growing up is hard to do." I think some times there should be another called "Getting older is hard to do."You would not think so at first as Gloria Pitzer said, "About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age." But I still think that growing older ...

Small businesses are engine of America

This past weekend there was an article in The Journal about Craftworks at Cool Spring regarding its classes focusing on the "artist as an entrepreneur." This article resonated with me as it combined two passions of mine the arts and economics.At the risk of becoming too personal or anecdotal, ...

Sandlot ball: Less competitive, more fun

Recently, I went to a little league game and watched a bunch of kids play their hearts out for seven innings. It reminded me of playing baseball when I was young.Organized baseball for youngsters today has its good points and in some ways it also has its bad points. The good points include the ...

On Christmas past, present & future

Christmases may come and go . . . a line from a song, but in real life it's hard to believe that I have seen 67 of them.There are people older then I who have seen a lot more. In the case of World War I veteran Frank Buckles, he has seen more than 100 Christmases and New Years. I still feel ...

Ten lessons I am thankful for, at 67

Thanksgiving is a special time of year where family and close friends come together for a thanksgiving dinner. We exchange best wishes and talk about what we are thankful for from the past year and, sometimes, through our lifetimes. The things that I am most thankful for are my 67th birthday ...