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Things that were left undone


Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, March 5, 2001

I have reached that time of my life when I have done everything that I have ever wanted to do. Could this be the end of the line? Are there no new frontiers left? Will I drift aimlessly upon the sea of life? Could there be something that I have overlooked, something that I may have wanted to do at one time? Well, when I come to think of it, I have never climbed a mountain. Now let us suppose that I was dumb enough to climb a mountain; what would I do when I got to the top? I think that it is quite possible that my first concern would be how I was going to get back down. It is quite likely that the descent could be swifter than the ascent. I think that I will leave the mountain climbing to those that have nothing better to do with their time.

When I was very young, I used to dream of Kabul and Kandahar and joining the camel caravans passing through the mountains. Well, Kabul and Kandahar are located somewhere in Afghanistan and I have read that in Afghanistan, visitors sometimes get themselves shot. Why would I spend all of that time and money when I can stay home and get half shot for little or nothing?

I have never explored the Arctic and walked up to the North Pole and I cant think of any good reason why I should do so. I have seen Polar Bears and Penguins in the zoo and it gets just as cold here at home as it does in the Arctic. I am afraid that if I should walk up to the North Pole, I should feel obligated to walk down to the South Pole. Lets face it, right now I dont feel up to walking out to the mail box.

I thought that I might enjoy the coral reefs off the coast of Australia. All that I would need, once that I got there, would be some Scuba diving gear. People who have visited those reefs tell me that they are a sight to behold and that I shouldnt be overly concerned about the sharks. They said that most of the divers that have been attacked by sharks usually make it back to shore more often than not. They said that I would have just as good a chance of being struck by lightening as I would have of being nibbled on by a shark. I think that I will stay home and take my chances with a lightning bolt.

I have thought of traveling through space and enjoying the wonders of the Universe. I have thought of being cooped up with four or five people for months at a time without so much as a change of socks. I think that I shall enjoy the wonders of space travel and the Universe via the pages of T .....
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Does History Make the Man?

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Editors note: The following article was adapted from a school assignment by the author.

"I wanted to be above anything else a politician. Then along comes World War II, marriage, children, said Lt. Col ..... 
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A Step Back in Time

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Pigs I have known

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Fillmore County Pork Producers at their annual banquet. As a group they were very prompt, very polite, and I felt a little bad about keeping some of them up so late. Earl ..... 
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What island are you from?

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2001
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Monday, March 5, 2001

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks, who plays a Type-A executive from Federal Express, finds himself alone on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific after surviving a horrific plane crash.

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