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      2014 Elections

      I previously wrote about elections wherein I asked everyone to take a deep breath and have faith that whatever the outcome, we would survive. As you read this, the campaigns are nearing an end.  Once the final results are known you will be very happy about the results or dismayed beyond compare. Unfortunately for many, the ill feelings voters harbor about the other candidate probably...

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      Older but not gone

      All too often there is a news story about the death of someone well known. How well known dictates the amount of publicity about the death. It ranges from a one liner buried in the newspapers, to a full biography of their life, to a mention on National TV networks. Well, this musings isn't about those deaths but rather a recognition of those that we seniors know well and are still living. This...

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      Wiki vs, EB

      I think in the past I mentioned three internet sites that blow me away with their capabilities. They are Google, MapQuest and Wikipedia. It is that last one, Wikipedia, that I've wondered about. In my younger days, well before Wikipedia, we only had a set of books called the Encyclopedia Britannica (EB). That was the Wikipedia of my day. As good as it was, there were two downsides with it....

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      Musings-lite No. 22

      From my mind's junk drawer - here they are. ## If you awake in the morn and your heart ain't beating, you know you're gonna have a bad day. ## When you think about future generations of your lineage, consider this - the world's population, by billions: •1 Billion: 1804 •2 Billion: 1927 •3 Billion: 1960 •4 Billion: 1974 •5 Billion: 1987 6 Billion 1999 7 Billion 2011. And...

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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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