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    What Is Important

    Henry David Thoreau writes in Walden, “I went to the woods to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it…

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    A Slice of the Ice Cream

    I am one of thirteen, though my mother had twelve pregnancies. She raised us in a house that was not much more than eight hundred square feet. We never gave thought…

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    Magical Moments

    I love literary twists of fate, surprise endings that make me ponder or smile and other forms of irony in the written word. I love real-life irony better. It keeps me…

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    As I was about to leave my home of twenty-some years in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and head to Colorado, a close friend asked why I was going. “I don’t know,” I said.…