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September 5th, 2015

George Shuman

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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More Than Just Another New Year

by G. E. Shuman So, Christmas is over, the relatives have gone home, the wrinkled wrap and battered bows are in the trash, and there is nothing left of the leftovers, hopefully. Thursday is New Years Day, and Wednesday night is the traditional time for making resolutions, watching a big shiny ball drop, and, for some, partying to the point of getti...

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The Ornament

By G. E. Shuman Only weeks ago we climbed the stairs, To the attic, behind the old door. And went to the corner, where ‘Christmasʼ is kept, In boxes stacked high on the floor. We brought the stack down to the living room, Two flights from its cold storage spot. And opened it up, just like every year, Quite amazed at all weʼd forgot. The boxes held...

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Here It Comes, Again

By G. E. Shuman Well, here it comes, again. For many of you, the fact that last Thursday, Thanksgiving Day 2014, brought about a foot of wet snow to the New England states, including ours, was a good thing. For you the snow is beautiful, as it hangs from the branches of the hillside trees. It just brightens your day to see the white stuff coming do...

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