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Am I Missing Something?

Let's review, shall we? "We're making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it's very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course." --President Bush July 10, 2003 "But we will stay the course. We will do what is right. We...
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A Beautiful Autumn Day

Some parts of the country get a nice display of autumn colors. Central and Eastern South Carolina, unfortunately, don't get the long display that places closer to the mountains get, so when I saw a few trees showing vibrant oranges and reds, I had to go get the camera. Luckily,...
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Remembering Josh: ‘I Need To Tell You…’

It was a sunny, virtually cloudless morning in Manhattan. All indications on the ride to work likely indicated that a beautiful, perhaps even uneventful day was ahead. Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Birnbaum had arrived for work at his job as an assistant bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of...
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A Very Brief Vacation

If you've been dropping by lately, you'll have noted that I haven't had a great deal to say lately. I apologize for this. I spent Labor Day weekend back home in South Carolina on a short visit with the family. There was a second reason for my quick visit, but...
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Scalzi’s Weekend Assignment #124

John Scalzi's latest weekend assignment asks participants to look back to those thrilling days when they learned to drive: How did you learn how to drive? How many tries did it take? What was the first car that you bought? My parents taught me how to drive. I'm not sure...
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The 2,996 Project

This September 11th, the fifth anniversary of that terrible day on which 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attacks, I'll be participating in The 2,996 Project. The idea is quite simple: bloggers are being asked to sign up to receive information about one of the victims. On 9/11/06, they'll...
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A Dinner Guest

I was fortunate enough to join my friend Bill the Wildcat (of "Wildcat's Lair" fame) and novelist Joe Konrath for dinner this evening. Joe is on an incredible driving tour with the goal of signing books at 500 bookstores in 23 states in just 60 days to promote his new...
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“Chris” Crumbles

Don't we need at least a little good news? I do. How about this: as Tropical Storm Chris begins to fall apart in the eastern Caribbean, the meteorologist who predicted a dire hurricane season is now lowering his predictions. I just saw on the news -- why am I still...
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Seeing Fireworks

This is that time of the year when news stations everywhere start running those safety demonstrations about what can happen if you're not careful with fireworks. You can probably expect to see clothing on mannequins set on fire in an effort to show how easily clothing can ignite; you might...
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My Brief Tenure as a Mother Bird

My folks are in town this weekend, and we've been having a nice visit. They arrived on Friday afternoon just in time for a torrential thunderstorm, one of those sudden downpours that makes you think the end of the world might actually have arrived. In the aftermath of the storm,...
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