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July 26th, 2016

George Shuman

Why I Don’t Run

By G. E. Shuman I have never been a runner. In fact, I’m not even a fast walker, and I never have been. When I was a child I probably used to run, I think, or, maybe not. I remember once telling a young friend that I tried running, and didn’t like it. He laughed. Truthfully, I have used that line throughout adulthood, too, and it still gets a laugh...

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My Little Gray Friends

By G. E. Shuman Okay, so, if you have read many of my previous columns, you have probably already guessed who my little gray friends are. If not, your wait is over, as I’m going to tell you who they are, right now. For several years, I have been feeding the gray squirrels (See, I told you already.) that live in the trees behind our house. Some peop...

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Choices

By G. E. Shuman One evening last week I had a great phone conversation with one of my five favorite adult children. (I have five adult children, and they are all my favorites.) Cathy occasionally calls me on a weekday evening, when her busy day is winding down, and mine is doing the same. I love conversations and meetings with all of my children, a...

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A Message from Your Very Recent Past

By G. E. Shuman When you read this in the paper, you will learn that you and I, right now, from both of our perspectives, are actually in two different times. We aren’t in two different time zones, not unless you live further west than do most of my readers. We are, literally, in two different times. You see, you, as you live and breathe in the day...

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Stringing Popcorn

By G. E. Shuman When I was a child, a long time ago, in a galaxy far away, many things were different than they are today. That statement seems to go without saying, but I still said it. The world has changed so much since then. Traditions, celebrations, and even seasonal decorations are not the way they once were. I’m not sure if such changes are...

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You Will Not Hear It Fall

By G. E. Shuman Something is coming to New England, in a very short time. We receive it every year, and if it has not arrived by the time this issue of the World is published, don’t worry. It will be here soon enough. You probably are already aware that the ‘something’ I’m referring to here, is snow. Snow first appears in the North, each late fall...

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On Being Thankful

By G. E. Shuman November is a month, for some of us here in the north, of settling in, of staying put, and of thinking thoughts of the soon-coming winter. For me, any spare time in October was spent doing the chores which make November’s settling in possible, like getting air conditioners put away, leaky doors fixed, and windows locked up tight in...

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Snow Tires

By G. E. Shuman Dear Readers, I first published this column a few years ago, but it seems to be that time again. There are parts of the usual ritual of fall that I don’t really mind… and then there are snow tires. “Tucking in” for fall is just something I do every year; checking the house for leaks around the outside doors, removing window ai...

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Spooky!

By G. E. Shuman Dear Readers, this column is not new, in fact it is quite ‘old’; a dusty, dark, true tale from the past, that I have received compliments on in the past. I hope you enjoy it. It is a distant memory, cold and old, dusted off now as a long-neglected, rediscovered book might be. It matters, somehow, that this nearly-forgotten evening h...

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From The Page to the Stage

By G. E. Shuman The famous jazz musician, Miles Davis, is quoted as once saying: “Don’t play what’s there. Play what’s NOT there.” I was reminded of that admonition to the world of the fine arts as I was recently treated to Lost Nation Theater’s wonderful, comedic rendition of the classic thriller ‘Hound of the Baskervilles.’ Truthfully, on that Sa...

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