Between the Bluffs

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving’s Sake

This Thanksgiving we should collectively be thankful for at least one thing: Thanksgiving. When Thanksgiving was first experimented with going back to President George Washington, the intent was that Americans should pause and give thanks for a day when harvest season is over. That actual date was Thursday, November 26, 1789. In 1863 President Abraham … Continue reading "Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving’s Sake"

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Current Events Are Scarier Than Halloween 

Strange and even scary events, things we wouldn’t normally think twice about, have been occurring in these parts and Halloween had nothing to do with them. For instance, maybe it isn’t odd anymore but going days without mail service is really amazing to me. We recently received Saturday’s mail on Sunday night about 7 pm. … Continue reading "Current Events Are Scarier Than Halloween "

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Passing Through One Last Door Before Winter  

It’s funny how, once Labor Day is behind us, we start thinking about winter. It doesn’t matter that fall hasn’t even started yet. We notice the shorter days. We turn off the air conditioner and replace the furnace filter. Sweaters are retrieved from storage. Outside water is turned off. We practically hold a vigil for … Continue reading "Passing Through One Last Door Before Winter  "

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Can Seasonal Change Fix Our Battles? 

Summer is over. That’s an indisputable fact. It’s my favorite season. Always has been. But that doesn’t mean I can make it continue. There is no conspiracy theory that summer didn’t exist or that it hasn’t really ended. At least I haven’t heard of one. Yet. Somehow, though, this summer has left me worn out. … Continue reading "Can Seasonal Change Fix Our Battles? "

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What We Did On Our Summer Vacations

“OK, kiddos, now that we’re back at school, your first assignment is to write a report about what you did this summer.” This obligatory tradition was something I grew to expect each year of elementary school starting about second grade when we could write complete sentences. And I looked forward to it. I wanted to … Continue reading "What We Did On Our Summer Vacations"

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How’s Weather in Your Personal Microclimate? 

When telephones were first demonstrated, callers weren’t sure what to say to someone they couldn’t see. In one such demonstration one side said, “How’s the weather there?” The excited reply was “Oh, we’re not having any!” OK, we know that even warm and sunny summer days are weather. We do, however, retain the right to … Continue reading "How’s Weather in Your Personal Microclimate? "

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