CategoryMusings

Why Are We Still Here?

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That’s a good question. What am I supposed to be doing? I had my first cancer in 1997. It didn’t kill me, at least not yet. I had my second cancer, a different kind in 2002. It didn’t kill me, at least not yet. I have a third cancer now, different from the first two, but akin to the second one. It hasn’t killed me yet. Why? There must be something I’m supposed to be doing, and that must be the...

How Fast Will the Pope Mobile Go?

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The Pope is in the States for five days. He’s delivered Mass in several different locations, spoken to Congress, visited New York City, etc. I’m not Catholic, but I do know that when Francis became Pope he gave up all his normal life. But what if while he was in the States, he called in for a sick day, and he and I could just hang out for that day? If he weren’t sick, how could he call in for a...

A Wasted Life

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I ran across this man when I was doing another story. White man, mid-forties, never got out of grammar school (elementary or grade school if you prefer). That shortcoming led him to a life of labor jobs. Some might call them menial, but he was one of the hardest workers I ever saw. There was a certain pride in what he did, that if he were to do the job, it would be done to the best of his ability...

How Do You Treat People?

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How Do You Treat People? Every day you have a chance to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m not talking about getting your name in the paper, or being on TV. I’m talking about with ordinary folks in ordinary situations. I like to use humor where possible, but I always gauge a situation before I say anything. I make a quick study of a person or group of people before I open my mouth. I was in...

You Think You Have a Tough Job?

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You Think You Have a Tough Job? Go down in a coal mine. That West Virginia underground coal mine accident reminded me of this. At last report one died, two were injured, and the rest got out alive. Several years ago I wrote an article about a superintendent of an underground coal mine. Nice fellow. About 120% conscientious. It’s true some coal companies may cut corners, but not this one. He was a...

You Should Have Been There

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You Should Have Been There. I’m not quite certain I have the words to describe it, and that’s embarrassing. After writing all those thousands of words over all these years, and I can’t describe a simple gathering? Maybe simple in its happening, but complex in its meaning. Sure there are words that come to mind, but what if the words are inadequate. Let’s try a few. Electric. Magical. Then there’s...