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This week: December 10, 2017

There are so many children in the world who need love, and adults with love to spare.  Bringing them together isn’t easy, but when it happens it’s beautiful.  This is a true story that hits close to home: Open Arms.

Recent columns: 

Recently my wife and I celebrated 44 years of marriage.  Friends inevitably ask, “How’d’ya do it?”  The truthful single answer is that there’s no truthful single answer.  But  in the column on December 3 I offered my best guess:   The Keys to a Happy Marriage.

Our column on November 26 reported on the dam that breaks every year on the fourth Thursday in November.  The onslaught of H*O*L*I*D*A*Y advertising has begun.  How many times do you hear sleigh bells jingling each December?  Seriously, how many?  Take a look at Serious Business.

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.  This week-before-Thanksgiving column paid well-deserved homage to grandmothers everywhere.  Our column from November 19 went Over the River…

Once upon a time the Christmas season didn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving.  Quaint, I know.   Now the annual season of love commerce is played out against the soundtrack of news reports announcing the annual War on Christmas.  Our column of November 12 opened a can of worms with Happy Holidays?.

For all the sexual predators in the workplace, these aren’t the best of times.  The #MeToo movement is shining some bright light into the corner offices of America.  Just ask Harvey or Kevin, or Matt, or Al, or…  Our November 5 column looked at the ancient tradition of Men Behaving Badly.

Since 800 AD pilgrims have been traveling the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.  This summer was our turn.  A 500-mile walk brings life into a much sharper focus as all the extraneous noise falls away.   On October 29 I shared some hard-won knowledge that came from A (Very) Long Walk.

On October 22 we opened a can of worms:  President Trump vs. the NFL.  The flag vs. free speech.  A philosophical Super Bowl.  Around here we’re always willing to tackle the tough ones.  Take a look at Fumble.

A surprising amount of feedback from the October 15 column, about a time I was doing something nice for someone but felt a little grumpy while doing it.  It left me feeling guilty, and angry at myself.  An argument (with myself) ensued.  Evidently I’m not the only one who’s ever felt that way.  Read all about it in A Loud Argument.


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