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King of the World
King of the World

It's the simple things in life that mean so much. Some people will spend all of their lives chasing status and wealth and maybe that's more important to them. Having grown up in a family that...

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WE ACCEPT
WE ACCEPT

On campus today and of course it's finals week, mixed emotions abound. Freshmen, or is it Freshpersons now, have finished year one and are no longer on the bottom of the academic totem pole,...

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Political vs. Ponies, I'll take ponies.
Political vs. Ponies, I'll take ponies.

Right  now is the time to make the decision on how this race is going to come out, no I'm not talking politics, that's an old tired nagging story. I'm talking the Kentucky Derby this...

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Critical Clothing Conundrum
Critical Clothing Conundrum

Being a dedicated follower of fashion, I warn you of an upcoming conundrum that happens just about this time every year, "Seasonal Clothing Limbo". The transition from cold to warm weather attire...

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Window on the World
Window on the World

Just looking out my window this morning and appreciating my choice to live in Ames Iowa. Sometimes we take so much for granted but I am constantly reminded through conversations with others just...

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PLAY BALL!
PLAY BALL!

I started umpiring Adult Slow Pitch Softball the other night and was met with the usual comments from the players, "You"re still alive", "You umpiring our game, what did we do wrong". The new...

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Home of the Brave
Home of the Brave

We've come a long way and still have a long way to go in Cancer research. I am so tired of this dreaded disease stealing away people of all ages and walks of life. It is a non discriminatory...

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Courtesy Rears it's Ugly Head
Courtesy Rears it's Ugly Head

Should respect be a given or am I mixing it up with manners? I still am a man of evidently outdated customs. I will continue to remove my cap indoors or when in the presence of a lady, this is a...

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Billy, Where Art Thou?
Billy, Where Art Thou?

For those of you who have lost faith in our political system allow me to refer you to what I think was a documentary shot in 1977. Some of you may be too young to remember the odds Senator Billy...

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The Aging Challenge
The Aging Challenge

Experiencing some of the frustration of aging, there are so many things I have done in life and yet so many things I should have tried. I live with a disease a majority of seniors battle every...

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