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Change can be ever so subtle. Or, ever so dramatic. A bit of a dramatic change in the landscape in my hometown unfolded during the past week or so. The change involved a tree. Specifically, a cottonwood tree. The tree had stood tall for many years at the corner of North Appleknocker Drive and old U...
Folks, we'll be straight up and direct with you: this week's colyum might be a little bit weird. Even weirder than what you read and see here sometimes. Before we get to the weird stuff, allow me to once again visit some local connections which yours truly came across while reading some new books....
Call me old-fashioned, 'cause I guess in some ways, I am, well, old-fashioned. I don't do Facebook, even though it appears to have become a necessary tool to utilize as part of The Journey Through Life in the 21st century. Ditto for cell phones, which I also don't like, but tolerate. (FYI: I am not...
A headline and the title of a book which caught my eye during The Journey Through Life are the focus of our attention this week. The headline and the book are connected, 'cause one would not have happened without the other.  The headline, "Love My Library," accompanied an article which appeared in...
Governors are paid as little as $70,000 and as much as $191,000 a year. Can you name the highest paid governor? Answer: Pennsylvania. Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/highest-paid-united-states-governors-3367624  
Oh, the places we went... ...at first, when yours truly sat down at the old keyboard (and it really is old, in terms of technology), the idea was to create a masterpiece in the style of famed writer Theodor S. Geisel. What, you say. Never heard of Theodor S. Geisel? Here's a hint: The "S"stands for...
FAKE NEWS ALERT. NUMBER ONE. Rhinoceroses seen in Balcom. Rhinoceroses? Preposterousness. Somebody told me one day last week that rhinoceroses had been seen in Balcom. I figure that if somebody tells me something, in good faith, it's kind of like finding something on the internet. After all, every...
What’s the most popular holiday for grilling – Labor Day, Father’s Day, July 4th or Memorial Day?  Answer: Fourth of July with 87 percent. Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/memorial-day-jumps-to-second-most-popular-grilling-holiday-of-the-year-300274586.html
Sept. 3 was U.S. Bowling League Day. In 2010, Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa. set a United States Bowling Congress national record by rolling the most consecutive strikes during league play. Can you guess how many strikes he bowled in a row?  Answer: 47.  Source: https://www.mrbowling300.net/post/...
I wonder, as I wander... ...isn't there a song that starts with those words? Maybe the song will come to me as I wander through this. Probably not. If you are one of the three persons who happens to read this colyum on a regular basis, you know that I like to wander around on a regular basis. Such...

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