Author Archives: tVM

September on the River

There is no better month than September, the month when green leaves give way to pale yellow, then blush in vibrant red and orange.  Black-eyed Susan’s wilt with little thought to their future resurrection.  The change has little to do with … Continue reading

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No Value in Complaining

I discovered Etty Hillesum years ago as I researched my Holocaust novel The Hamsa.  My cousin Mary Ann from Indiana suggested I read the diary Ms. Hillesum wrote prior to her incarceration and subsequent murder in Auschwitz in November 1943.  … Continue reading

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The Armor for Old Age

Seven years ago, on August 9, 2011, we offered a post “The Time Is Always Ripe to Do Right.”  While it centered on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” I was thinking about the introductory paragraphs this … Continue reading

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Simon Sinek and “Glow Kids”

Until an hour ago, I did not know who Simon Sinek is. My youngest son Jesse suggested that I watch a YouTube presentation by Mr. Sinek titled “This Is Why You Don’t Succeed.”  I took Jesse’s suggestion and invested 16 … Continue reading

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Hans Teaches Us Patience

Hans is aging quickly.  He is 15-years old.  It has been over a year since he could negotiate stairs.  We have a ramp on the stairs leading to our front door just for him.  Now, he has difficulty even standing … Continue reading

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Forgiving Garrison Keillor

This morning, I forgave Garrison Keillor for his transgressions real or imagined.  I sent him my words of forgiveness through the contact form on his website. Garrison Keillor You may or may not know Garrison Keillor or anything about him.  … Continue reading

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Minimizing the Common Cold with Zinc

Few physical ailments make routine life more miserable than the common cold particularly when it threatens to emerge during the summer. The Dreaded Sore Throat Yesterday morning, I woke up with the dreaded sore throat.  Most colds are caused by a … Continue reading

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“Thank You for Your Service”

“Thank you for your service” is a popular greeting when people learn that you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.  I do not recall that greeting in the 60’s and 70’s when soldiers returned from Viet Nam.  Times … Continue reading

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Loon Lake

Although I lived many years at the base of the Adirondack Mountains in Holland Patent, NY, I have never seen a loon.  I read Loon Lake when E.L. Doctorow published it in 1980.  We lived in Upstate New York at … Continue reading

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Making the World a Better Place

I know for certain that THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to make the world a better place to be is by greeting, smiling and waving at every creature – man, woman, child, animal, and plant – you encounter throughout the day.  … Continue reading

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