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With every child’s birth, a family gains a new special day, the birthdates of the new additions. My wife and I were in our mid forties unable to have children, and so we decided after a number of years of trying the natural way, and then trying the natural way with enhancing treatments, all without […]

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February is slipping away, and openings remain in our March writing project: Wind. There are four day until we open the new month, and we have eight slots unfilled – over a week’s worth. Are there going to be windswept gaps this month? Are some days going to be dust in the wind? Will the […]

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Gone With the Wind? It will be if you do not act soon. Our March series has wind as its theme. Anything to do with wind. Even novels or movies with the word wind in the title (Inherit the Wind or Sharknado). Or an experience with wind. Or wind phenomena. Anything. This is your chance to […]

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She made my day, because we weren’t even talking about American history. I took a deliberate simple little side-tour into English history that had relation at all to the curriculum. American history is so much more meaningful when you have some grasp of what came before. So we were talking about kings. Not quite as fascinating as […]

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Yep. We have another Group Writing series scheduled in March. The theme is Wind – anything to do with wind. A personal experience with wind. Something meteorologically related to wind. The cosmic wind. Breaking wind (although someone has taken that one). Windy speakers. Breezy writing styles. Wind-based sports and hobbies. Anything. Except – our goal is […]

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The day 37 years ago when I had my first child was cold and snowy in northern Ohio. At least, I think it was, as my glimpse of it was out a 2nd-floor hospital window. I had been in labor from the day before until my daughter arrived after over 24 hours at the hospital. […]

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The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind. Yep. We put out a call for volunteers for Group Writing’s March Series – Wind – earlier this week. So how many openings do we still have? Too many. Each month we seek out Ricochetti to post a conversation on a common theme. In March the theme is wind. […]

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Today is the four month anniversary of my older brother’s memorial service in Ithaca, NY. In order to describe that day and why it was special, I need to cover some background. Frank died of leukemia on September 14th after a long battle. He had been treated aggressively with chemo and full transfusions. The doctors […]

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If you consult your Funk & Wagnalls Abridged, you’ll learn that spring begins on the equinox. Then the most direct light from the sun hits the Equator, that geometric point moving on it’s journey north to the Tropic of Cancer. Then we’ll see a Solstice and then Summer for three months. That’s all useful to […]

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“Oh, deer! In the fall, bulls of this species – aka the wapiti – fight for harems that can number up to 60.” This was a clue on Jeopardy last month. It was the $1000 clue, so I assume it was expected to be difficult. But, I was surprised when no contestant could give the […]

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FILLED! March approaches. This means it is time to organizes another monthly theme-based writing project. Since March is about wind I have arbitrarily decided that will be the March theme. Write something about wind. It can be about March wind, or ocean winds, or solar wind. Windy speakers or windy cities. The summer wind that came blowing in from across the […]

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Valentines Day is not much of a big deal in my house. My wife’s birthday comes a few days later and that is the day she wants to celebrate. Before I met my wife, February 14th was nothing more than the middle of the month. Valentine’s Day 1998 was different. While it may not have […]

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When I was a kid growing up in dear old Holy Rosary grade school, Ash Wednesday was a big deal. As was true with all Holy Days of Obligation, we were obliged to show up for morning mass, but afterwards we were free for the day, although we were supposed to spend the day at […]

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Time to get up. Mom rolls us out of bed, breakfast in ten minutes, get yer clothes on. Still dark, of course. Dark winter morning, wind blowing against the farmhouse. The bus will get here before the sun comes up cuz we’re at the front end of the route this semester, so we gotta get […]

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Growing up in Nakhon Phanom, a provincial capital in Northeast Thailand, the four of us siblings liked to go out with family and join the activities of whatever special day was being observed. We loved parades with rows and rows of women performing classical dance in beautiful costumes. We were fascinated by a fair with anomalies […]

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