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December 8th, 2016

George Shuman

Another December

By G. E. Shuman December, here in the North, is all about snow, cold, and Christmas, for most people. By the first of this month we have just finished off the last of the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, (thankfully,) and are bracing for winter. Some are not bracing, but embracing the idea of a ‘white Christmas’. I don’t understand those people. Chri...

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The Freedom to Elect, The Freedom to Cry

By G. E. Shuman Well, after about two years of campaigning, reporting, sniping, chiding, protesting, polling, and many other gerunds, our country’s presidential election is finally over. The people have spoken, as they say, and we have a new president-elect. In all earnest, I do wish he and his team well. I don’t use this column to push any politic...

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Thoughts of November

By G. E. Shuman Today I’d like to think about what I think, about the month of November. To me, November is a sort of unexciting month, in many ways. Here in the North it is gray, most days, and that grayness is amplified by the fact that the leaves are off the trees, and all that gray bark on all those naked trees is showing through, all across ou...

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No Small Miracles

By G. E. Shuman Albert Einstein once stated, and I paraphrase: ‘We must accept the premise that either nothing is a miracle, or everything is a miracle.’ Well, Mr. Einstein, I am one who, if that premise is true, believes that everything is a miracle. I have eyes, and I can clearly see this beautiful, immensely complex world. From your statement, I...

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Sweatshirt and Sneaker Weather

By G. E. Shuman For all my usual complaining about spending the past 62 winters here in the frozen north, at this time of year I usually have to play the hypocrite. Truthfully, and I don’t think I even realize this myself until the summer begins to turn to fall, I love this time of year, I do complain at least a little, or maybe a little more than...

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The Value of a Peanut

By G. E. Shuman Some of you probably already know that I like to watch, and feed, the gray squirrels in our neighborhood. I know that many people think these little creatures are pests, in fact, I once heard a very famous person refer to them as ‘tree rats’. I don’t happen to agree with that person. I think they’re cute, and why should they not be...

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My Mind Wanders

By G. E. Shuman Sometimes my mind tends to wander. Does yours ever do that? Did it just do it now, as you began reading this column? In my case, I usually don’t realize that my mind has wandered until at some later time, when I find that I am not aware of something that other people think I SHOULD be aware of. A typical situation, for me, is that I...

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August 25th

By G. E. Shuman I’m writing this column on Thursday, August 25. You are reading it at some later date, but today is important to the story, so that’s why I mentioned it. It’s also why the title is what it is. In any case, where and when I am right now, it is August 25th. This morning my wife came to me and said, “Hey, it’s four months ‘til Christma...

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The Apple

By G. E. Shuman This is probably a strange way to begin this particular column, and a stranger title to give it, but, hopefully, it will all make sense by the end. Recently our daughter, Cathy, and her youngest child, Ayvah, were out for a walk. Their walk happened to take them under and past an old crab apple tree along the roadside. Ayvah, an 8-y...

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Turn, Turn, Turn

By G. E. Shuman Way back in 1962, a newly formed pop band, called The Byrds, put the words of the third chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes to music. They called the tune Turn, Turn, Turn, and even if you were not around at that time, I’m pretty sure the melody of that hit song has just sprung into your head. If it didn’t, I think you should find i...

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