Unplugged

How many of us, if we had to give up our smart phone for a day — perhaps a weekend — could really, truly give it up? I ponder this as I see people driving down a busy city street, or worse — I-90 — while texting or scrolling through a social media app. I…
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Pike: 3; FisherGirl: 0

You know how they say a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work? Well, I’m not sure I believe that anymore. Let me start by saying I had one of the best days ever while fishing on Saturday. A coworker and I left for the lake after the sun came…
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A Woman’s Best Friend

Since July, five of my Facebook friends have written heartbreaking posts about the loss of a dog. The latest was Bingo — a chocolate lab so special she had her own Facebook page, filled with her frequent mug shots and pictures of the treasures she’d bring for her owner, Susanne Murphy. Bingo was pure puppy,…
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Can Anyone Unlearn Hatred?

One month ago today, on a cloudy, overcast Sunday afternoon, I stepped through a cast iron gate proclaiming the words, “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Work sets you free — that’s what it means in English — but if we’ve learned anything from history, library books, museum displays and yes, even the internet, we know the people…
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Don’t Say It, Not THAT Word!

Have you ever been so scared you couldn’t scream? Have you been terrified to the point the only sound coming from your mouth is a measly raspy gasp? Well, that’s what happened to me Thursday night. I was minding my own business, reading a book from the comfort of my Lazy Boy recliner, when out…
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