Father Still Knows Best

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My dad turned 79 years old yesterday, so I thought I’d run one of my favorite columns about the legendary Dan Hansen, from ten years ago. A slightly different version of this column appeared in the Chesterfield Observer in 2006. … Continue reading

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Column: The story of the creation of the Story of Creation

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New column gets to the bottom of this tricky issue (maybe) As I travel around the country, by which I mean the 20 miles to and from work every day, people constantly, by which I mean once, ask me what I think … Continue reading

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Columnist Responds to Vicious Attacks from So-Called Friends

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You may recall in the last column I talked about training for a big hike in the fall. So far, the training has involved mowing the lawn while wearing a 40-pound backpack and getting lost in moderately sized Pocahontas State Park … Continue reading

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Dave

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In October 1987, I had moved from Richmond, Virginia to the Caribbean to live out my life under the palm trees. I had been adrift since I graduated college two years earlier, without purpose or direction. I had figured, as … Continue reading

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Dealing with imperfect friends

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From my latest column, appearing in BoomerConnections.com. Our society has given us a way to make our lives much easier by changing the way we deal with friends. I used to work hard at getting along with my friends. Some … Continue reading

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One Big Family

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Originally published December 2008 in the Chesterfield Observer: One of the great things about being a dad is that you can inculcate your kids with the illusion of infallibility right out of the gate. From the moment the child can … Continue reading

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Hoop Nightmares

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The old saying about my people (the Irish side, not the Norwegian side) is that we are often wrong, but never in doubt. There are other old sayings about my people, but I don’t feel like getting complaints from the … Continue reading

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