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      Where was MapQuest?

      Of all the capabilities on the Internet, one of those I am most in awe of is MapQuest.  You simply type in the 'from and to' points, click enter and in a matter of seconds get a map along with detailed driving directions.  This is in comparison to years long past you went to a local gas station, got a FREE map and plotted your own trip.  If desired, you could even send away a preprinted post...

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      Must reading for children of all ages

      A recent comment by a friend reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of poetry. It was written by Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898). Long before Dr. Suess there was Carroll. His nursery tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, both describe a child's dream adventures, and quickly became classics. He also wrote a great deal of humorous and nonsense verse, such...

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      Where did everyone go?

      Although my memory doesn't serve me as well as it did 10 or 20 years ago, there are still things that I recall from my childhood. That was back when I was a pre-teen. I can clearly recall living in a small Italian community in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania. During that period in my life, I can't ever recall not being surrounded by immediate family, extended family, and family and...

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      The never ending war

      I didn't set out to write a musing exclusively about wars involving the US in my lifetime; I actually started down a different path. But in that musing I did want to at least touch on them. I touched so much I realized war has been a constant, unwanted companion of mine for my entire life. The stench of war permeated my early years and young adulthood. I lived through WWII (1941 – 1945)...

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      Musings-Lite No. 21

      It was true the last time I wrote it and it still is: "To paraphrase the saying, "My mind's mental junk drawer runneth over. So it's time again to publish another musings-lite." ### I'm not sure where or when but some way along the line I lost my youth. I can't quite recall where or when but I know it was after I turned 16. I guess even if I did find it, it wouldn't fit quite as well as...

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      No, they never can and never will

      A while back I mused about the movie Casablanca with its outstanding cast and, more importantly, about the love song that will always be associated with it – "As Time Goes By". With your forgiveness I want to carry that general topic forward for one more musing. I leave you to wonder for just a bit why I chose the title of this musing. I have being viewing a few old movies starring that great...

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      Golden Years - yea, right...

      I only claim to speak for myself in the following matter but I suspect I speak for many others as well. It is my firm belief that keeps me alive. It is my firm belief that one day I am going to run into whoever coined the words "Golden Years" to describe what life is like when we reach the not-so-pearly-gates of seniordom. When I do, I'm going to work that person over with a tire iron. Then to...

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      The Passing Of A Classmate - Again

      I sometimes am asked why I write these musings. There are various reasons based on the subject matter. One of those reasons is that in writing the musing it becomes a catharsis for me. It is what allows me to gather my emotions and collect my senses when the news is not good news. And so it is with this musing. You see, a dear, long-time friend and classmate, John David aka JD, passed away...

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      When words are inadequate

      I wrote the musing below some time ago; it's about someone I knew as a friend. The words in the musing came screaming back to mind as I read a recent email. The email was from a special friend whose husband has cancer. Her first email was to let me and others know that her husband was doing battle with the Big C. A subsequent email said the doctors performed surgery and felt they had rid him...

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      Happy birthday, Dad

      Although the years and decades have passed, youstill are my guiding light, Dad. Happy104th birthday. Always your son – John.

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