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May 28th, 2015

George Shuman

The Explosion!

By G. E. Shuman I enjoy all of the seasons here in the North, with the exception of the six month long one which begins with the letter ‘w’ and ends, way too late. Don’t get me going on that one. Of the others, fall might be my favorite, although I just re-read this column, and now I am not sure. I do love the vibrant colors, the crunchy leaves, th...

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The Enjoyment of It All

By G. E. Shuman Last month, Lorna and I had the extreme pleasure of spending a week with my mom, at her north Florida home. Mom lives in a retirement community called the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park. Being a very young 91 years old, it is quite appropriate that she does so. Mom is totally active, and she is just as happy as a bug in a...

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Wrist-Watches and Cracker Jack

By G. E. Shuman Dear Readers, I cannot tell a lie. I stole this column, from myself. I simply ran out of time to write this week, so am reprinting something that people seemed to like the first time. I hope you do, too. A few weeks ago I was standing in our kitchen, and happened to notice something about my daughter, when I saw her sitting on the c...

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It’s New Phone Month!

By G. E. Shuman Just in case you are interested, this is the month that my wife and I get new cell phones. Now, aren’t you excited? The time is right, the contract is up, and my phone is about to give up the ghost. Still, even given the condition of my present cell phone, I’m not entirely sure that I ‘need’ a new one at all, but I will, I am sure,...

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The Tax Man Cometh

By G. E. Shuman It’s tax season. You probably didn’t need a reminder of that, but, just in caseÉ It’s tax season. I have known the man who does our taxes for many, many years. In fact, I probably should have added one more ‘many’ to that last sentence. My taxman is the smartest ‘math’ person I know. In fact, he was my high school geometry teacher....

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Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Spock

By G. E. Shuman When this edition of the paper comes out it will have been about two weeks since the passing of one of my very favorite Hollywood actors. For any who do not know the name of Leonard Nimoy, you, at least, certainly must know the name of Mr. Spock. If you do not know of those men, or of that real man and that fictional Vulcan, you wer...

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“Rewards”

By G. E. Shuman I only recently began realizing something very strange was happening to my key ring. It seems, lately, at least over the past year or two, that my key ring has begun to be filled with objects of an ‘other than keys’ variety. There are at least a half dozen things there that have nothing to do with starting my cars or unlocking the d...

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The Month of Love (and Puppy Love)

By G. E. Shuman February is, without a doubt, the month of love. We, (The ‘we’ being used as the most general of terms.) celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, right in the middle of this cold and uncomfortable second month of the new year. It is probably very appropriate and, in general, a good idea to begin a new year with thoughts of love. Hopefully, on...

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From S.O.S. to L.O.L.

By G. E. Shuman Many, MANY spring days ago, my grandfather Shuman and I were traveling along a long stretch of road somewhere in the Maine countryside. I was probably about 10 years old, and remember few specifics of the trip now. I do recall we were on our way to, or on our way home from, one of the great gatherings our family used to have on the...

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Frozen. Not the Movie… Just Frozen

By G. E. Shuman I don’t mean to be a complainer… but this evening, as I write this column, the temperature is simply ridiculous. My home is fairly warm, (I can actually hear the tinkle of tiny wood pellets falling to meet their doom in the pellet burner in our cellar.) but I am not happy. I just came in from letting our two small dogs out on...

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