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A Quick Note on My Complete Lack of Musical Ability

I was very dubious when I saw the advent of such games as Rock Band and Guitar Hero. My thinking was, “Here is a way for people with no talent or discipline to indulge their fantasies of being rock stars.” … Continue reading

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Wheel of Fortune is rigged!

There’s not much television watching at the Smiley house. I usually have my nose stuck in a book–one I’m reading or one I’m writing–or on the computer. My kids stay on the go with various activities, as does my wife … Continue reading

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It’s Official . . . I’m Old

There are a lot of yardsticks you can use to decide when you have, in fact, passed over into being old. No one wants to think they are past their physical prime, but it sneaks up on you, an irrevocable … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season of Giving

It’s that time of year again.  All across the country, kind-hearted citizens are taking to store fronts, malls, and sidewalks everywhere, bells in hand, ringing out the call for people to donate to the Salvation Army.  You see them everywhere.  … Continue reading

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Defining (and Redefining) Success

 Finding success is like finding a particular restaurant in a large city where you’ve never been. You don’t know how to get there and, even with written directions of how you should proceed, you never know what obstacles you might … Continue reading

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An Obituary for Original Thought

 Original Thought, age unknown, died Thursday after a long illness. The funeral and burial will be skipped as nobody gives a damn. Any notes of condolence can be mailed to MTV studios in New York where they will be promptly … Continue reading

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