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From the sunny side… Believe

First of all, I should probably put a disclaimer or warning here. If you have young, impressionable readers, you may want to read through this little piece before you put it into their hands. I don’t want to be responsible for putting anyone into a situation wherein they might risk bursting some major bubbles. A couple of days ago, a subject of discussion reared its head here at the newspaper office. That is, the subject of Santa Claus. Now for me, there isn’t, nor has there ever been, any major…

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National Security: Environmental Disaster

I’m not committed to environmental orthodoxy about matters such as climate change. I had my doubts before the terms changed from global warming over to climate change, and they haven’t changed. The recent events in Paris demonstrate that many others have doubts as well and are willing to revolt at the cost of seven dollars per gallon for gasoline, half that amount in taxes. However, I do believe that man can create significant environmental damage, and specifically, I’m thinking of the damage caused by war. I’m currently reading a book…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Here we go again … someone got offended and thinks the whole world should change in order to make them feel better! I am so tired of pieces of our history being banned or erased. Several people have come forward and are demanding that the Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” be banned from the radio because the lyrics are offensive, having ‘predatory undertones’ and it should be deemed ‘inappropriate.’ I understand the sensitivity behind the #metoo movement. Believe me, I am a #metoo survivor (from age 14 on up…

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From the sunny side… Whose idea was that?

The other day, as I was leaving work, I saw a pair of baby goats playing. Fortunately, I always keep my camera nearby, just in case I come across something “picture-worthy” (such as a pair of baby goats playing). After I took the picture, I was struck with an unusual thought. For me, unusual thoughts are fairly commonplace, so they are probably only unusual for “normal” people. As I watched the two baby goats playing, I wondered, “Who came up with the idea of ‘goat yoga?'” You can look it…

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