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The pain and suffering of ... public speaking

The other morning, I was looking through some old files in the bottom drawer of my desk, and I found a letter that has caused me considerable concern. It's dated Jan. 10, 1990. It's perfectly typed and addressed to me...

More scattered thoughts from the country

This camera is giving me the fantods. I'm talking about the trail camera, or the scout camera, or the wildlife camera -- whatever it ought to be called -- that's supposed to get pictures of animals. Animals, I mean, that...

Don't let me catch you playing for keeps

Driving past an elementary school, I saw four young boys down on their hands and knees, in a loose circle. And I thought, Hey, are those boys playing marbles? It's been practically forever since I saw boys shooting marbles and...

Panhandlers need a good tale

In a supermarket parking lot at Westheimer and Weslayan, I was loading groceries into the car when a woman in a green sedan pulled up beside me. She asked if I'd give her a little help. Ah, a panhandler. And...

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