Hip Hop

The irrepressible Hop guides the trash truck home at the end of another day. As a summer job, it wasn’t bad.  Working for my hometown’s small parks and recreation department gave me a steady 40 hours a week with weekends off.  Although it was for minimum wage ($3.35 an hour at the time), the full-time seasonal position..

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School’s Out

No more pencils, no more books… I’ve always heard that a school of piranha can skeletonize a cow in mere minutes, a trivial tidbit that came to mind as I watched the students in my classroom remove everything attached to the walls in preparation for summer break.  Dozens of educational elements, from large wall posters..

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Geese Is The Word

The local supermarket where I often buy gas has apparently taken measures to rid their premises of Canada geese.  The rectangular retention pond that drains the parking lot and provides a buffer zone from an adjacent four-lane road is now criss-crossed with a matrix of fine netting.  From the perspective of a goose, the unsightly, white lattice must be..

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You’ll Die Laughing…Or Not

What was it about these trading cards that made them so irresistible? I grew up calling them Monster Cards, although that is merely a generic description.  Collectors often refer to them as You’ll Die Laughing cards.  That is also incorrect.  For many years, the proper name for this bizarre series eluded me, as I had discarded the colorful..

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A Strange Case

105?  There must be some significance to that combination… It’s been ten years since I left the business world for a career in education.  A decade is an apt interval for reflection, for that is precisely how long I spent in the private sector.  As a fresh college graduate in the spring of 1990, I..

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Welcome Back, My Friends (Again)

If at first you don’t succeed… Fans of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake can be forgiven for being a little nervous this past Wednesday when an announced 7:30 showtime came and went with no sight of the famous prog rockers.  Sure, it’s not unusual at all for rock concerts to start quite late, but those of us squirming..

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Cheap Thrills

Bring back these two wonderfully corny attractions, and I’ll make a beeline for Sandusky. Amusement park season is arriving soon in Ohio, and I am less than excited.  The perennial allure of Cedar Point and Kings Island, which bookend our stoically Midwestern state to the north and south like a pair of Mad magazines bracketing..

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The Rise And Fall Of The Edward Hannon Band

John and me with the man responsible for teaching us a few chords. The applause was explosive, a prolonged cacophony of shrieks and howls that reverberated throughout our small gymnasium.  As teachers attempted to restore order amid bellowing calls for an encore, John and I sat on the stage and regarded the chaos we had..

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Lost And Found

Senator Robert Byrd pauses during his humbling speech as Benjamin Hooks looks on. Yesterday’s death of Benjamin Hooks left me contemplating my brief encounter with the accomplished civil rights leader nearly four years ago.  He had been invited to speak at ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the meeting of the Niagara Movement at Harpers..

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Circus Peanut Paradox

Fear not, my peanut-sensitive friends, for these faux goobers are but textured marshmallows. I grew up ingesting just about any variety of candy I encountered.  With a preference for chocolate and a fond appreciation of sugary sweetness, there was little that did not meet my approval.  I consumed more than my fair share of all..

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