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Why can’t I aim lower?

One of the problems with being on a perpetual self-improvement kick is that I am seemingly incapable of simply enjoying life as it is, without constantly trying to nudge it along to what it could be with just a bit … Continue reading

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Pondering longevity

On Friday my great aunt Leona became the third member of her family to reach her hundredth birthday. Her brother Sylven, who was still driving a tractor up til age 98,  died in April at age 102.  And my grandma, … Continue reading

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The plot twist with a 90-year gap

When I was a kid, listening to stories about my grandmother’s family struck me as an intriguing mashup of some of my favorite TV shows: “The Brady Bunch” meets “Eight is Enough” on the set of “Little House on the … Continue reading

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‘Words of wisdom’ from an intriguing ancestor

“Next time we get together, I want you to tell me about your mom and dad,” I told Great Aunt Jokie after I dropped off a copy of a recent newspaper column I’d written about her (“To control cravings, view … Continue reading

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Reflections on a run: Seeing patterns in life and death

I was planning to visit the funeral home last night to pay my respects to Uncle Hubert, but I’d left my keys in Rowan’s van and they rode back to Manchester University with her. Bob drove over after work to … Continue reading

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The restorative power of holding a newborn

There’s nothing better to get you out of funeral mode than holding a brand new baby. My brother Brent and his wife Darcy had a little boy yesterday, Kobi Matthew, and Colleen and I got to hold him when he … Continue reading

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Hoosier hysteria, the active woman’s girdle and other funeral notes

After last fall’s debate about whether runners and cyclists should stop for a funeral procession  — and my sister’s memory of how moved she was when a farmer stopped his tractor in the field — I couldn’t help watching for … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Uncle Dan

  Today we’ll bury an honorable man in a tiny church cemetery across the road from his farm. Where he can keep an eye on things. Because that’s the kind of guy Uncle Dan was. It’s easy to picture him … Continue reading

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The pool terrorist

FIRST  she wins the family NCAA tournament pool, THEN she sabotages Traci and I’s first  swim workout in weeks. My niece Kyla was quite the pool terrorist this week, and she still hasn’t even hit her terrible twos! My sister … Continue reading

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At age 70, Grandpa sets a record

Despite eating a record seven ears of sweet corn when we got together at Mom and Dad’s Saturday night to freeze corn and can green beans, Grandpa reports that he still managed a slight loss in his Sunday morning weigh-in. … Continue reading

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