Category: Life

Waxing Nostalgic, Rush

If we could go back in time and if I could invite you into my home in 1974, I’d want you to listen to my brother Russ’s favorite music for a moment. It was heavy, hard, crashing, wild, and untamed at times. Raw. Energetic. Heavy metal. Thundering. Outside, it was summer. I had just graduated

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Waxing Nostalgic, McCartney Music

My last post was about music I grew up listening to. I featured 10 albums that I call “The soundtrack of my life.” Actually, those albums are mostly the soundtrack of my early teen life. Each one has a reason for being on the list that I kept at 10 albums due to time restraints,

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Waxing Nostalgic With Music

Music is a big deal where I work at and I hear a lot of it on their radio that I don’t like. No matter how well I try to appreciate music after the 1980s, “I like that old-time rock ‘n’ roll” best. Of course, my definition of old-time rock ‘n’ roll differs from some

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Corry Writer’s Block Blog

A quick shout-out to those of you who belonged to the Writer’s Block writing group in Corry, PA. I joined the group in 2002, three years after Corry author and newspaper columnist Beverley Bittner founded it. I decided to post some the group’s old news columns and stories for historical reasons. Our group didn’t have

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A Past Kept In Shoeboxes

I used to keep my snapshot photographs stored in albums. When I married and had children, my wife and I did the same for many years. Then, somewhere along the passage of time, we stopped storing our photos in albums and tossed them into empty shoeboxes instead. Now we have 30+ years of unlabeled shoeboxes

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A Super Sweet Blogging Award

A while ago, I was nominated for the Super-Sweet Blogging Award by Sumithra Sriram. The rules are:   Show-off the award on your blog.   Thank the super-sweet blogger who nominated you.   Answer five super-sweet questions about yourself.   Nominate your favorite super-sweet bloggers. Showing off my award: The super-sweet questions and my answers:

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The Naming of the Days

(From The Coven Avalon.) The Greeks named the days week after the sun, the moon and the five known planets, which were in turn named after the Gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus. The Greeks called the days of the week the Theon hemerai “days of the Gods”. The Romans substituted their equivalent gods

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Crowd Control: Putting Up Fences to Keep Out Nature

I have noticed an alarming increase of wild animals in my neighborhood. I say alarming because I had a bear peer at me through my ground floor bedroom window a few mornings ago. Even deer, coyote and fox run through my yard, which is uncommon in the small city I live in, where squirrels and

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Injecting Humor Into Political Correctness

From a friend: Due to the intense climate of us all speaking politically correct, Kentuckians, Tennesseans and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as HILLBILLIES. We must now refer to them as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS. Furthermore, a woman is not a BABE or a CHICK … she’s a BREASTED AMERICAN. She’s not EASY … she’s

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Where Did You Go?

While blogging, I have met many people led by the love of writing. Most of those blogs and their bloggers are still around; others have quietly disappeared, vanished with barely a warning. One of my favorite blogs, LolaCandi, vanished last year. Written by Lola Gentry-Dey and Candi Sweet, two intelligent writers who are also cousins, their blogs had

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