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I caught a bug when I was in Telluride, Colorado, several years ago. It’s rarely fatal, but I’ve found it’s incurable. Professionals call it “fly fishing fever.” Read more

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Some of my favorite memories from childhood revolved around our front porch. Read more

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One morning last week as we walked, I saw something in the barnyard that caught my attention: a shard of cobalt blue glass from an old Noxzema jar. Read more

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I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember. Read more

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I remembered the mantra that my lovely wife preaches to her students at work and at the community yoga class: “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now.” In other words, “Be Here Now.” Read more

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The thing is, no one knows what each of us goes through. Life can be difficult, but that shouldn’t make you invisible. Read more

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At lunchtime the other day, I left my office to attend a Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone grey with light mist falling. Read more

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There’s a wild crabapple tree down by the barn that has never borne fruit, but through the years, it’s become one of our favorite trees. Jilda has kept her eye on it since early November. Read more

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I’m coming to another intersection in my life, and I need a good thinking place. Read more

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I recently drove down a road that I hadn’t traveled in some time. It’s changed. Read more

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Under the ancient glider on our screen porch is a plastic tub of toys. We never had children, but we’ve served as baby sitters for working family members through the years. Read more

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My wife Jilda and I have pictures on our fridge. The photos are of three friends we’ve lost in the past year. They each held a special place in our hearts. Read more

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I’m “procaffeinating” this morning. That’s the tendency to put off doing anything until I’ve had coffee. It’s an affliction that began early, and I’ve struggled with it all my life. Read more

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A few weeks ago, I stopped by the forks of the river in Sipsey on the way home. Normally, there are several people there sitting in folding chairs, shooting the bull and watching time pass at the speed of a slow-moving river. Read more

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I’ve been at a creative low tide since November. Usually, when I get in a slump I simply wait it out. But that tactic wasn’t working this time. So many times in the past when I found myself flailing, I did a mental reset and got back to the basics. Read more

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What’s pink with jingle bells around its neck and goes hippity-hop through the mud and snow? Read more

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When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. When the muse is on vacay, I use a wacky toolkit to help me get through it. Read more

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Back in July, Father’s Day got me to thinking about the mentors in my life. My father taught me things that have been vital throughout my life. Read more

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