Where in the World… Did the “Commons” Go?

Where in the World… Did the “Commons” Go?

Forget Carmen San Diego and Waldo, where in the world did the “Commons” go.  You know: common sense, common courtesy, commonwealth, etc..  It seems like we have very little in common these days.  Why is that?  Well, I have a theory and a potential solution. PART I (Global Shrinking) The first part of my theory is based on “Global Shrinking“.  It’s true, Walt Disney was right, it is “a small world after all” (and continuing to get smaller by the minute).  I’m…

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Time and Tide Wait for No Man

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

I recall this phrase that my dad used to say, usually when we would attend a funeral. “Time waits for no man.” As a young man myself, I did not fully grasp the meaning, nor its importance. Sure, I got the fact that no one is so important that time will stand still for them.  I even received definitive firsthand confirmation when the most important man in my life passed (my dad, himself). Time did not…

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Escaping the Debt Monster

Escaping the Debt Monster

Do you have a neighbor who seems to drive a new car all the time?  Do you have a friend who leases a different vehicle every couple of years?  Are you still driving something from The Flintstone’s era (or at least it feels like it sometimes)?  Well, I say…to each their own!  For our family, we have chosen to drive older vehicles, even if they aren’t as pretty as they were when we first got…

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The Good Old Days?

The Good Old Days?

There is something inadvertently deceptive about nostalgia that gives most of us a “rosy retrospection“.  It seems like time has this innate ability to polish up memories, making them so much better and brighter than they most likely were, while removing many of the “less than desirable” blemishes.  The infamous “Good Old Days” gets passed around like, well… a “hot potato“.  One person will start and it will quickly pass to the next and then the next and the next….

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Date Night 2.0

Date Night 2.0

“Date Night” is one of those traditions that we have had “off” and “on” over the years.  We originally started by going out to eat (just the two of us).  We would pick a different location each week and spend some time just enjoying each other’s company.  It was nice but, it never failed, something would always come up or our schedules would change and we would go on about our lives.  (typical but, unfortunate) About a year…

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