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ValueSpeak

Aug
22
Posted at 1:09 am

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to mow the lawn that late summer afternoon when I was 13. Well, OK. I actually didn’t want to mow the lawn. But I was willing to do it. It was my job in the family, and had been since my big brother Bob graduated from high school. I [...]

Aug
16
Posted at 12:16 am

She couldn’t be more than 5 years old. And yet there is a lifetime of hurt in her eyes as she stands there among other refugees, a bag of belongings on her shoulder as they collectively flee ISIS terrorism and seek safety in Kurdistan. Perhaps you saw the AP photo, too. And perhaps you were [...]

Aug
08
Posted at 2:20 am

Those who knew Dad best knew he had The Gift. “There’s a reason it said ‘B.S. Walker’ on his letterhead, and not just because his name was Bernard Sanford,” one of his colleagues told me – smiling at the memory – at his funeral 10 years ago this month. “He could tell you to go [...]

Jul
31
Posted at 11:28 pm

I have a problem – something that deeply concerns and troubles me. Don’t worry – I’m not going to go into detail about it here. This isn’t Facebook or Twitter or “Maury.” It’s a newspaper column, and my personal issues don’t have much relevance for a general audience. At least, not this week. But come [...]

Jul
23
Posted at 3:08 pm

I wouldn’t want to trade places with Great-Great-Grandfather Henson for anything. And not just because he’s … you know … dead. It’s just that the stuff he had to do is not stuff I would want to do. Take traveling, for example. I’ve never been a good traveler. You know the phrase, “Don’t make me [...]

Jul
17
Posted at 3:23 pm

It was a meaningless basketball game. Wait. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever used the words “meaningless” and “basketball game” in the same sentence. And it was definitely the last time. Still, as basketball games go, it was as close to meaningless as a game could get. It was a professional summer [...]

Jul
11
Posted at 2:50 am

Standing in line at the grocery store (24 check-out stands, but only one cashier? Really?), two teenagers in shorts and tank tops were bemoaning the dark, threatening clouds that were billowing outside. “I can’t believe it’s going to rain today,” one of the young men said as he piled soft drinks, chips, cookies, cold cuts [...]

Jul
03
Posted at 1:12 am

For Sgt. Brock Jones and the rest of the soldiers in his unit stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, this Fourth of July will be a day like any other. “We don’t have any special plans for the day,” he wrote in a recent email to a member of his family. “In most cases, it’s [...]

I’m currently powerless. Or perhaps more accurately stated, I’m currently current-less. According to the power company, a truck hit a power pole or something, and that has cut off the power to 500 or so residents in our area. They should be able to fix it within a few hours, they say. But for now, [...]

Jun
19
Posted at 8:45 pm

I find it to be ironic that June is both National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and National Candy Month. Isn’t that a little like cheering for both Brazil and Mexico in the World Cup? Ironic or not, June is full of national days and observances that seem more consistent with National Candy Month than [...]