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September 29th, 2016

George Shuman

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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The Tree You Planted

By G. E. Shuman I lost my baby brother last week. After over six years of a heroic battle with cancer, he is, finally, at rest, and totally out of the reach of any more pain. His death is tragic, but in some ways, it was “best for him”, as his loving, grieving wife told me on the phone only hours before his departing. His suffering is completely fi...

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A “Zoe-sized” Car

By G. E. Shuman I want to use this column to just express my thanks to all the readers who encouraged me in my recent, great personal adventure of driving my 1970 Volkswagen Beetle, “Babi” all the way up here to Vermont from her previous home in Florida. That trip was exciting, nerve-wracking, and anything but a sure thing for me, as I made my way...

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The Picnic Basket

By G. E. Shuman Today, (the day of this writing), is my wife’s birthday. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is today, as I value my life far too much to do that. I will say that there is a 2, and a 6 in the number representing her age. I’ll let you decide which numeral comes first. Anyway, let it also be known that I did marry an o...

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Be Careful Out There

By G. E. Shuman This isn’t going to be some sort of diatribe about how and when and where I think cell phones should be used. Maybe it should be one, but it isn’t going to be. Motor vehicle laws have been put into place to try to enforce the fact that it just might be dangerous to text your kids or write your college entrance exam essay on your pho...

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A Quick Plumbing Lesson

By G. E. Shuman When I write on certain subjects, I always want to make clear that this is an opinion column. The opinions expressed here, in this space, are not necessarily those of the publishers of the paper, or of anyone else, for that matter. They are my opinions. Hey, it’s my column, after all. So, please, if you are in disagreement with this...

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