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  • It seems that Iím at an age that I used to consider old. Not middle-aged, like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in The Dick Van Dyke Show; but actually OLD, like Walter Brennan as Grandpappy Amos in The Real McCoys, gimping along cluelessly in a pair of bib overalls and saying things like "Con-SARN it!"
  • For ten years, Iíve been a certified scuba diver. While I canít claim that Iíve been to all sorts of exotic, international locales to explore underwater haunts, the activity is intriguing nonetheless and Iíve dove extensively in freshwater locations around the state.
  • My daughter Lizann offered to loan me her car when I traveled to Chicago recently for the birth of her first child. "No thanks, Liz. I'd rather have gum surgery."
  • I don't think I am unlike a lot of people when I say that airplanes are cool. Iíve always loved to fly. I've been on countless commercial flights and have logged hundreds of hours as a passenger in small fixed wing aircraft and helicopters as I leaned out windows in order to take a photo from a perspective you don't see everyday.
  • One of my know-it-all cronies asked me about my pregnant daughter's birth plan. Birth plan? I replied, sarcastically: "Drugs. Lots of 'em and keep 'em coming."
  • For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it? New York Stateís experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs are a bad investment. This should be instructive to state and local officials across the US.
  • It's funny how those who aren't very bright, like us, have to substitute skepticism for judgment. We were all leery of everyone whose misfortune brought him into our realm; they were all slackers, near as we could tell, and they weren't gonna put nuthin' over on us.
  • In the discussions over what to do about our Confederate statue on the grounds of our Grayson County Courthouse, voices appear to fall into two camps: 1) take it down and put it on the grounds of a museum; or 2) leave it alone as a part of our history.
  • A visitor passed by the bookshop on Not 4th Street while it and I were there. He was spare - of stature, humor, and wit - and he had much to say, but only on one topic.
  • If you're wondering if I went to my 50th class reunion, the answer is yes. I "went" every time I took a step.
  • It appears we have a knowledge gap among younger workers when it comes to Social Security. Recent analysis from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows a quarter of younger workers believe that Social Security will not be part of their income in retirement. This compares with 13% of those over 45 who believe the same thing.
  • "Everything would be considered a miracle were it to occur but once," said someone very smart very foolishly. We, all of us, seek and must find an echo, resonance. The name for a new world every moment is dementia.