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I did not go to see the Stones in Atlanta. Part of me wanted to. Christina and I are fans. She saw them in Miami a lifetime ago — pregnant with Hans I think. I missed that one.

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If you haven’t yet walked the early stage of the Alpha Loop, you should. It’s magic, pure magic.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there were three little children who were starting to grow up. They took swim lessons, learned to walk, then skate and ride bikes. They learned how to read and color with crayons and stay inside the lines — more or less.

Seems like I wrote this same column this time about a year ago. Here we go again, déjà vu! Time is just racing by, or at least it feels that way. I will turn 67 in a little over a month. Hard to believe.

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So, I wrote my column a couple weeks ago about “pup-cups.” These are little cups filled with whipped cream that you get when you go through the drive-thru at Starbucks when you have a pup in the front seat with you or in the back.

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We wove our way slowly in and out of the late afternoon crowd on our way to get in line for the concert. It was humid and not so comfortable, but at least the heat was beginning to recede.

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Into a world so loud, so arrogant and so hurried emerges something so simple and so reassuring. It has no political party, no agenda, no “read between the lines,” and for sure no strategic implications or competitive advantages.

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So, an old friend of mine just gave me a book. It looks good and is about one of my favored subjects — all the old rockers from way back in the ’60s and their stories.

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Back when my sole responsibility in life was to “learn” (oh, glorious days), I remember writing a high school paper on organizational theory and reading about an amazing social scientist and Nobel Prize winner named Herbert Simon. That was so long ago, but frequently these days, I find mysel…

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The rain finally stopped. Outside, it was still cold but clear, dry, sunny and bright. Everywhere I turned, I saw people smiling — outside walking, playing, talking, and, yep, buying.

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I am sure that you too have your own stories of good people, who have pulled you up or restored your faith either in yourself or in humanity. Here are mine.

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I was running out of space on my Mac Book so finally, I did the unthinkable. You see, I guess I am a hoarder of sorts. I have been told that all men are in some way. I didn’t know that but, maybe its true. So, at that time I had well over 400,000 emails stored on my laptop. I never delete emails. Never. Until a few months ago when I was faced with the choice of losing the use of my laptop or deleting something to create more space on the hard drive. 

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Not a new App review. Ok, but I just could not resist. Here is the story but remember, no matter how high tech we get, we will never be very far away from a low tech solution required! And, just for the record, I love my iPhone and it would never enter my head to even consider switching to o…

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I woke up this morning feeling somewhat desperate. We were almost out of the Shenandoah and closing in on 1,000 miles. The night before, I pushed hard for 20 miles to get into Front Royal to resupply and then stayed the night.

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I recently listened to two TED Talks recommended to me by my son Carl and my daughter, Amelia. One was on addiction and the other featured a fascinating 75-year-old ongoing study being conducted by Harvard on what makes people happy, healthy and productive.

Bratwurst is Wisconsin soul food. I have fond memories of the time I spent in Hurley, Wisconsin running the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in 1994 so when I found bratwurst at Whole Foods Market in Georgia recently, I bought some. Real bratwurst is a fresh sausage that must be cooked before eating, bu…

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A state representative had introduced Ga. House Bill 689 that would have required bicycle riders on the street to register their bicycles with the state.

I have a tendency to get caught up in the crisis of the day or, in these times, the crises of the day in the world. I have long been a history and political science aficionado, so the times that we are living in might be seen as the apex – short of major war – of worldwide disruption. Think …

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

When someone is finally pulled over for driving under the influence, yes, finally — there are a few things to remember.

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As the impasse in Congress over funding the government goes into the second week and our country stares down another deadline for raising its debt ceiling, you and I are the ones who are being thrown under the truck. Time and again, we are run over by our elected “leaders.” I don’t care if y…