Stars

Stars. We in the White Mountains are gifted with clear skies and bright stars. I step out for my morning walk and am dazzled by all the stars I can see. Some are large with a steady light. Others are much smaller and seem to twinkle. Some are grouped in bunches, leaving a vast area…

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New Year? New You!

The New Year brings an avalanche of suggestions for resolutions, many of which will last three weeks . . . or less. There’s the tried and true: lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking. And there’s nothing wrong with those. I’m all for them. But to live unstuck this year, I want you to have some…

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A Side Talent

Every year since 1999, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award has been given to the player who demonstrates outstanding balance in his life between civic and professional responsibility. This year, one of the nominees is Sam Acho, an outstanding offensive linebacker for the Chicago Bears. He actively supports Living Hope Christian Ministries. Founded…

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New Beginnings

At the end of last year’s season, the reality of the situation in Cleveland was that the Browns had holes all over their roster — despite having 14 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft — and they were still a long way away from being able to compete in the AFC North. The offensive line…

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Take Time to Play

Ouch! Summer is wrapping up and it’s time to check: have you had your summertime fun yet? Amusement and play shouldn’t end with childhood. And this season is the time for travel, vacations and time out. Time to play. But you tell yourself, “It’s been so long since I had any fun, since I played.…

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Water

On my daily morning walk with MacDuff, we pass a ditch with running water. Sometimes the ditch is fairly full, burbling and moving along. Once, it was so full it overflowed onto the empty lot on the corner. And other times, it is simply a trickle. The water itself is usually clear, with a definite…

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Inner Peace: Enjoying the Little Things

There is a cycle to trees: their growth and decline, their unfolding and then letting go. I have watched the many types of trees in our part of the world. Some trees and shrubs are junipers, and they keep their dusty green color throughout the year. The Ponderosa pines lose part of their needles and…

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