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      Sometimes there are no answers

      An ambulance in Ohio headed to a hospital was broadsided at an intersection. The patients in the ambulance were being treated for injuries from an earlier car wreck when their ambulance was struck. In that second accident, the impact and subsequent fire killed three emergency medical technicians and two patients; a fourth medical technician and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to a...

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      How did things turn out?

      I happen to be a big fan of Jimmy Buffett's music. I saw him in concert and wasn't that impressed. But when walking the beach there isn't anything quite like hearing Jimmy's voice sing of the beaches, the islands and the ocean among other things. One of those other things is the subject of his song "We are the people our parents warned us about." I guess at age 70 plus, our die is cast and we...

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      Planning a pity party?

      For some the battle is with the Big C – cancer. It is a battle some win and many lose. Then there is the other one, the Big A – Alzheimer's. This is a no contest; the Big A is a guaranteed winner. It's beyond my comprehension how they cope with those afflictions. That said, there also are a few people that won in the gene pool and have exceptional good health for their entire life. But...

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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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