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Archive for 2019

The Promise of Spring

I don’t know where you live,  but have you ever noticed that there is a world of difference between Spring Fever and actual Spring?   Essentially,  it’s the difference between a promise and a delivery. You may have noticed that most of middle America this year is mired in a deep… read more >

My Library

My library has a really cool feature.   If you have read more than one Trail Talk,  you may be surprised to learn that I spend very little time at the physical library,  my visits being largely limited to dropping off books at the drive-through or a dash inside to pick… read more >

What I Was Taught

It is embarrassing to open a sentence with,  “I was taught”.   I like to think of myself as a free-thinker even in my developmental years,   but a headline in today’s news triggered the phrase,   and I just can’t shake it. With the commemorations last fall of the 100th Anniversary of… read more >

The Power of the Press

Have you ever wondered just how the man most widely perceived as our best US President,  managed to triumph in a field of four candidates?   Such odds would be considered suicidal today. Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election because the Lincoln-Douglas debates were closely followed by reporters,   who transcribed them… read more >

BIG

Most of us can relate to Tom Hanks’ adolescent wish to be Big in the delightful movie comedy of that name  (1988).   One of my first memories was of yearning to be tall enough to see over store counters.   There were times when I felt that I would never… read more >

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