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Essay — Missing Thanksgiving

I can remember a time in Carpenter Country when November meant Thanksgiving—and only Thanksgiving. Back in the day, we talked about what size turkey to buy, how many desserts to bake and who was hosting the big feast. Then along came Black Friday, and the table talk shifted from, “Can I have a turkey sandwich?” to “Which store is having…

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Essay — Time Changing Trivia

Since Top Drawer Ink’s newsletter began back in 2003, numerous Daylight Saving Time essays and articles have filled the pages. So, what’s left to say? Plenty! Here’s some DST and Standard Time trivia I’ve been saving in case Jeopardy ever decides to recruit contestants from Carpenter Country. DST was originally a twinkle in Benjamin Franklin’s eye, but only saw the…

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Essay — Because I Said So

Years ago, when my kids were little I had a whole vocabulary of wise one-liners. A few favorites were: Clean up your room, it looks like a tornado went through here. Eat your vegetables, they’ll make you grow. Do I look like your maid? It didn’t take long to find out those so-called kid motivators produced a high rate of…

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Essay — Never!

Last week I asked a few acquaintances who are still in the workforce when they thought they might retire. Their answer, a unanimous–Never! Wow, had I missed a new trend? Or maybe they thought endless traveling, cruising, beaching, and playing was boring? But how would they know if they planned to work forever? Before I put that question into words,…

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Essay — Staying Awake

August is usually a yawn, but this year the Olympics, followed by Curiosity landing on Mars, kept me from falling asleep. Unfortunately, since the Olympic flame left London last Sunday (Yea! America won forty-six gold medals!) and NASA’s rover is undergoing a “mobility checkout,” the rest of the Gladiolus month looks pretty boring. I need something to do before 2030…

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Essay — Achoo…Kerching!

Last week, Carpenter Country’s crape myrtles leaped into bloom, the Pensacola Bahia dispatched its seeds a month ahead of time, and I started sneezing. As an investor, I’m always on the lookout for upwardly mobile stocks. So after several hardy kerchoos sent me running for tissues and nasal spray, I wondered if I’d found a way to increase my assets. But before any of…

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Essay — Positive Feedback

There once was an elderly lady in Carpenter Country named Mom, who didn’t think she was a senior citizen. She lived with her eighty-year young husband, who also didn’t realize the years had snuck up on him. Their conversations often dovetailed into nudges and smiles as they watched their neighbors stumble around with canes or complain about an ache here or a pain there.…

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Essay — Tomahtoes

The Gershwin brothers once wrote a wonderful song that included the words, You like tomato and I like tomahto. Well, here in Carpenter Country, we’re drowning in the edible fruit, and I for one am ready to sing the last line–Let’s call the whole thing off. What’s going on? Blame it on the guy who shares my space. For years he’s been planting…

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Essay — Omission Corrected

Top Drawer Ink’s web site and archives are loaded with essays about Mother’s Day, yet there’s hardly any mention of Father’s Day. I’m not sure how that oversight occurred, but it’s time to make things right. After all, the short guy whose squat frame I inherited taught me to swim, ride a bike–and gave me the keys to his car so I could learn…

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Essay — The Cutting Edge

Last week, I visited a friend in the hospital. I hadn’t been in our local health care facility in quite awhile, but I’d read glowing reports about all sorts of avant-garde improvements taking place in health centers across the country–so I expected big changes. However, as soon as I stepped inside I could see everything was the same. Three volunteers manned…

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