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"GRIEF AND MEMORIES GO TOGETHER. AFTER SOMEONE DIES, THAT'S WHAT YOUR LEFT WITH. AND THE MEMORIES ARE SO SLIPPERY YET SO RICH." Mike Mills   My family have been very close to the Blasi family for years. Which Blasi family? A whole bunch of them. In fact we now live within...

"YOU HAVE ENEMIES? GOOD! THAT MEANS YOU'VE STOOD UP FOR SOMETHING, SOMETIME IN YOUR LIFE." Winston Churchill   Bear with me for a while folks. Many of you will probably have no connection for this bit of opinion that I am about to put down. This is for a...

"EVERY LIFE HAS A MEASURE OF SORROW, AND SOMETIMES THIS IS WHAT AWAKENS US." Steven Taylor The famous statement from the movie about Hitler when his occupying troops had to withdraw from Paris was "Is Paris Burning?" Hitler had ordered all the landmarks including Notre Dame to be...

"THE ONLY SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE IS EXPERIENCE." Albert Einstein   If you have been around a while and especially if you have spent any time setting at the Liar's Club drinking coffee, you soon have a good idea of what to raise an eyebrow on. When you are being oversold...

"MANAGEMENT IS DOING THINGS RIGHT; LEADERSHIP IS DOING THE RIGHT THINGS." Peter Drucker   There is a common problem with government especially local government. Remember the saying that all politics start locally. It does not matter what size of town, city, township, county, school district, or state, it...

"THERE'S A VINTAGE WHICH BECOMES WIT, AGE, AND EXPERIENCE." Jon Bon Jovi   Well I had another birthday come and go. I took the opportunity to head off the question of "how does being 64 feel?" It is kind of a rhetorical question people ask when the subject of...

"IT IS OBVIOUS THAT WE CAN NO MORE EXPLAIN A PASSION TO A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED IT THAN WE CAN EXPLAIN LIGHT THE BLIND." T.S. Eliot   When I try to explain a point here it is a great shot in the dark. Even though I get so much...

"LIFE LITERALLY ABOUNDS IN COMEDY IF YOU JUST LOOK AROUND YOU." Mel Brooks   If you really think that living in the rural areas is dull and boring then you have way too high a bar for enjoyment. Probably the number one pastime here in the hills is listening...

POLITICS DERIVED FROM THE WORD 'POLY' MEANING 'MANY'. AND THE WORD 'TICKS' MEANING 'BLOOD SUCKING PARASITE'.   There are many who have the words of wisdom that describe the American Dream. Many who have the personal experiences of working hard and achieving their goals and dreams. Most of those who...

"IF WE DESIRE RESPECT FOR THE LAW, WE MUST FIRST MAKE THE LAW RESPECTABLE." Louis Brandeis   I had someone actually say 'thank you for your service' the other day when they found out that I am a retired firefighter/EMT. It was nice and not something I expect. I...