Being Grateful For What I Have

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It is easy to forget about the little things  in life that really count and to be grateful for them. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we highlight the things for which we are grateful, but what are those things, really? I guess in this season of thanks, I am grateful for the things I have: a good family who is there for each other when it’s needed; I have a home, income, an active life of activities, a … Continue reading

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The Freshman Five: The First Chapter Of Adulthood

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So we’re visiting college campuses lately.  The final fledgling is getting ready for his solo flight from the mothership beginning fall 2015. It has all the same feel as before; mom is worried about him going it alone, grandma is reminding me about things I need to “cover” with him before he’s out on his own, brothers and sisters feel the need to tell me that he should commute to college and live at home because “he’s just too young for … Continue reading

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It’s Just So Noisy Out There!

Enjoy the silence.
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So I am up in a deer stand at a friend’s expansive private property in way-south Georgia.  Well, it was more a deer-press-box.  I mean it had all the comforts of home – a swivel office chair, padded rifle rests on the shooting ports, convenient shelves (a.k.a. 2×4 studs) for personal items. Now if any gentle Week-Ender readers morally object to the hunting of Bambi, please take refuge in the fact that nary a hair on any deer’s head was … Continue reading

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Frozen Memories

Playing outdoor hockey
is a favorite winter activity of the Stoller clan. Jim
Stoller, his two brothers and their sons soak up the good times during a game on their NiceRink outdoor haven.

Installing a seasonal rink is easy, affordable and conducive to great times. JIM STOLLER, president of NiceRink, wants you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a winter night, stepping into your backyard, walking down a walkway, past a lighted-up fire pit, down to the foot of a frozen pond that you made all on your own. It’s the imagery authors dream of writ­ing and the “frozen memories” Stoller said his company not only makes, but prides itself on. … Continue reading

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The Feel Of A Memory

People will never forget how you made them feel.
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I was 34 when I lost my dad to a sudden heart attack. That was 19 years ago last week. I’ve heard all the expected comments since. You know the ones; “I’m sure he’s looking down on you now,” or “He sees all that you have accomplished and I’m sure he’s proud,” or “Well you have an angel in your corner.” All very nice and all intended to ease my mind a little, but I don’t know about all those suppositions. There are days … Continue reading

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Large gazebo with electricity, water, lights; 4 acre stocked lake for fishing; 3 picnic shelters with tables; bird sanctuary and bird watching; butterfly garden; prairie restoration area; wetlands; butterfly garden; disc golf course; restrooms; water fountains; walking/jogging/biking trails. More