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June 23rd, 2017

George Shuman

De-Grinching Day!

By G. E. Shuman I have always thought that the only thing worse than decorating for Christmas, was un-decorating. I’m sorry, Christmas decorations are very festive, but taking down all of that ‘stuff of December’ has always felt like torment, to me. My wife doesn’t seem to mind the day that we pack up all the ornaments, lights, left-over gift wrap,...

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A Message from Your Very Recent Past

Dear Readers, I wrote this column exactly one year ago, this week (or last week, depending on ‘where you are’, time-wise. Don’t worry, you’ll understand after you read it.) I did not ‘update’ the dates, intentionally. Time is a funny thing, and how this column ended came true, ‘in no time.’ Happy New Year! Don’t waste a minute of it. By G. E. Shuma...

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My Favorite Christmas Tradition

By G. E. Shuman Near the end of each December my family has two celebrations. You may have guessed that one is Christmas. Actually, and to be precise, both of them are about Christmas. My kids are grown up now, and most of them have families of their own, so, on December 25th, we, at each of our homes, celebrate Christmas in our own way. Then, a we...

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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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