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A lifetime of automobiles

I grew up as the third of four boys in a very mechanical family during the post-World War II era, surrounded by things mechanical, from tractors and farm machinery, to trucks and automobiles. I … more

Calabrese trucks rule the roads in Naples

When I was stationed in Italy one of the great annoyances was the big Calabrese trucks. They took up entire roads and the drivers didn’t care who else was around. The Calabrese is like a dump … more

A friend from home

I spent much of my time at Millington unbearably homesick. I don’t think I realized that I wouldn’t be going home. Boot camp seemed like summer camp to me. It was exciting to be away from … more

Potatoes, graduation and more potatoes

My second week of Boot Camp was going along swimmingly. I’m having the time of my life. It’s like going to summer camp. We’re getting settled in and it’s time to be assigned … more

Truckin’ vacation

Like most boys who grew up on a farm, I have always been involved with trucks. I learned to drive farm trucks when I was about twelve or thirteen, and drove a truck all the way to Wyoming when I was … more

Doing aerial oga

I recently discovered the art of flying and it wasn’t in a plane. In fact, it was in a small cool room wrapped in silk. This may be an odd image to decipher, so let me explain. My boyfriend … more

Chasing cats is not my favorite pastime

Some of you have probably already seen this story on my Facebook page, but it was too good not to share again. I arrived home from covering the Miss Frederick Pageant — and let me just say … more

Still moving

In 2005, I wrote a vignette about moving, in which I summarized all the moves I have made in my life, up to that point. I assumed that our moving was finished, but, as might be expected, we continued … more

Groundhog for supper

My dad has been a hunter for as long as I can remember. It helped fill our freezer many times. There was one such time he decided to go hunting on his uncle’s farm, a place where I first … more

One of a kind

My wife, Katherine Ann Barnett, more commonly known in our community as Kay to her adult friends, and as Mrs. Barnett to all her former kindergarten students, is widely known among all who know her … more

Big brother James

My closest companion, best friend, and most common pugilistic combatant as a kid was my older brother James. Even though we are both now in our seventies, we are still very dear friends. James was … more

Food is the way to the heart

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to cook and bake. One of my earliest and fondest memories is standing on a chair in the kitchen with my dad baking oatmeal cookies. I was about 12 when … more

The apology

Many important lessons I have learned in life have been rather expensive, either in terms of money or time expended, or by the suffering of great humiliation. I shall attempt to relate a learning … more

Meeting on a mountain side

I had a column typed and ready to go but I decided to use one of my dad’s stories instead. I make it a general rule not to type when I’m angry or upset about a situation, a rule I wish … more

Think of the happy, not the sad

This has been a hard year for my family. Most of you know, but for those who may not, my husband’s father passed away suddenly a year ago today, Feb. 15.Rick was genuinely a wonderful person. … more

The one with all the birthdays and a trip to Ireland

I’ve named this year, “The One with All the Birthdays, an anniversary and a Trip to Ireland.” Probably only fans of the TV show “Friends” will get it but that’s … more

Who’s ready for spring?

Anyone else ready for spring? I hate the heat that comes with summer, but I would gladly take that over the constant up and down weather patterns. Either stay cold, or stay warm. I only like cold … more

Your view

Editor, I am Gregory Millers’ mother and I have sat quiet for long enough. This is to all of you who have heard and spread vicious rumors, multitudes of lies and have believed in the … more

If you see something, say something

There are times when I think the government oversteps its bounds. Especially when it comes to telling people how to raise their children. However, there are other times when I wonder why the … more

Learn to blog

I began blogging in 2010 as a way of voicing my opinion. I was reading a lot of information about dating and relationships and I couldn’t help but thing that everyone was doing it wrong. Why … more
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