Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pass the Kool-Aid

The feeling of “I should have done this sooner” is overpowering my feeling of “this is so much better.” Last night I tried using Google’s Gmail service to receive and send messages on my personal email account. So far, so … Continue reading

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Slippery Richard

On the evening of my son’s graduation, we went to dinner at the home of my wife’s Aunt Margie. At the end of the evening, she presented my son with a gift for his new apartment. Aunt Margie’s (and my … Continue reading

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Corn Game

By arriving early at “MoonPie in the Smokies” on Saturday, I had time to take a few photos for my blog. When the video crew from SMOMOtv arrived, I put my camera away and grabbed the microphone. The report shows … Continue reading

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A Toast to the Host of Men We Boast

Technically, Memorial Day is meant to honor those who lost their lives while in the service and Veterans Day is meant to honor those who survived. In practice, servicemen and women are honored on both days and I’m fine with … Continue reading

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Moonstruck

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Annie. Annie who? Annie body want a MoonPie? That was one of the jokes told by a group of adorable kids who performed a “Tribute to Earl Mitchell” at the first “MoonPie in the Smokies” festival … Continue reading

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Men in a Certain Age

“Men in Black III” includes scenes about two of the greatest events in my lifetime. It so happens that both occurred in 1969. The Amazin’ Mets won the World Series and astronauts from Apollo 11 were the first humans to … Continue reading

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Mix and Matches

The funeral home that handled the arrangements for my brother-in-law gave us an interesting item. They placed the Mass cards, guest book and memorial DVD in a reusable grocery bag with their logo on it. That same day, my sister … Continue reading

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Pass Me a Pancake, Mandrake

The trip from Knoxville to St. Louis to Northern Virginia to Knoxville put over 2,000 miles on the van my wife and I rented. In addition to the stow-and-go areas that helped us haul our son’s stuff, it had several … Continue reading

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O Res Mirabilis!

To this day, my wife still thanks me for encouraging (i.e. pushing) her to sing “Panis Angelicus” at her father’s funeral. He died eleven years ago this month. Yesterday, my wife sang that same song at her brother’s funeral. This … Continue reading

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Long Ago and Far Away

The class of 1962 was honored at my son’s graduation ceremony last week. Another, much smaller reunion occurred after the pomp and circumstance. A grammar school classmate of mine was also in the audience to see her son graduate. We … Continue reading

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Baking Soda

A visit to Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café was not planned during our most recent trip to St. Louis as it had been on two previous occasions. The restaurant just happens to be situated at the Delmar Boulevard exit of … Continue reading

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A Last Supper

Fr. Gary Braun started Mass by saying that small gatherings like ours were how the early Church grew during times of persecution. The Catholic Student Center at Washington University in St. Louis doesn’t normally offer a Saturday vigil Mass. Fr. … Continue reading

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Disguised as a Mild-Mannered Cartoonist…

Cartoonist Mike Peters may not have been the first person I would have guessed if asked to predict who would deliver the commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. However, Peters’ speech yesterday was absolutely perfect. The alumnus of … Continue reading

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Summa Cum Laude

As my wife’s cousin said yesterday, it was an accomplishment for my son just to get accepted at a prestigious university. It was another accomplishment for him to graduate in four years and yet another for him to earn a … Continue reading

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