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The Old Places Are Gone

By Joe Rector We Baby Boomers continue to age, some of us gracefully, some of us kicking and screaming. Either way, the years click by, and most of us at…

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Finding Food Funds in Ft. Lauderdale

By Joe Rector Yes, like so many others, I’m going to jump on Fort Lauderdale, as well as other cities, that have passed ordinances that forbid the feeding of homeless…

Roll Around Heaven All Day

By Joe Rector Last Sunday, our church celebrated All Saints Day. It’s a time to remember those who have passed over the last year. The minister did a good job…

The Axe Man and Jewel Tea

By Joe Rector Weekends at our house in the 1960’s took on a routine that included work, play, and family. Back then, our parents managed life on a small income…

The Moral Imperative

By Joe Rector EBOLA—the mere mention of it brings on waves of panic, fear, and anger. The onslaught of the disease also vividly highlights the failures of governments throughout the…

Bad Commercials

By Joe Rector I’m an old television fan who’s spent plenty of time watching programs over the years. Some have become favorites, a fact that seems to doom them to…

Divvying Up

By Joe Rector The other day a friend told me that her dad’s house was up for sale and that the hardest part of all was divvying up the contents…

Friends

By Joe Rector I know that most of us have few friends but many acquaintances. However, for the sake of argument and the development of this piece, I’m going to…

A nice drive not to take

By Joe Rector The cool weather arrived this week, and before eyes blinked, leaves began coloring and skies turned “fall” blue. The time has arrived to think about taking those…

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