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    July 6, 2016

    Change is one of the few constants in life

    Not to sound cliché, but all good things come to an end. A month ago I made the tough decision to leave The Camden Herald and VillageSoup as a way to make a change and broaden my horizons. I have enjoyed my three-plus years back being a journalist in my hometown, however life has a way of leading you where it wants you to go and I feel like I can do my best work helping others. I’m a people person, so I am taking …

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    May 5, 2016

    I do not know everybody, but my dad does

    I was standing in line at Scott’s Place the other day at lunch and a memory came as strong as the smell of onions cooking on the flat top grill and I began to realize I have become my dad. Saturday is traditionally errand day. When I was a kid my dad and I would get up and “putter” around gathering the trash to go to the dump and we would head to town. I didn’t mind going because the next stop was usually Scott’s …

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    April 7, 2016

    Waiting with Ma for the light to come on

    One of the things Ma [my mother] and I used to do together is eat. We both loved to eat and eat out. Although she really couldn’t afford it, we must have eaten at least one meal a day that someone else cooked. My mom was a creature of habit, she didn’t ever really try any place new, if she found a place she liked she was loyal. We had two places in particular that she enjoyed, the lunch counter at the old …

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    February 25, 2016

    The battles on Mt. Battie

    I am not a conspiracy kind of guy, however I have been training for an attack on Camden by enemy forces since I was a kid. Growing up in Camden there was a lot to do if you had some imagination. One of the things that Millville kids and I used to do is go play War on Mt. Battie. All you needed was a stick and the ability to yell out “pew pew” or “ratta tat tat” to enjoy hours (sometimes days) of pretending we …

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    January 28, 2016

    Things I learned on a wrestling mat

    This time of year — wrestling season — I am knee-deep in little mat rats trying to learn the sport of the gods and I’m reminded that life is much like a wrestling match. We grapple with things every day: emotions, schedules, kids, family or friends. We help others make decisions or have to make them in their place; the struggle or “wrestling match” prepares them for the best possible outcome. Wrestling has three …

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    December 29, 2015

    What do you mean it's gonna snow?

    So here I sit in my office looking out the window, pondering what I might write about and all of a sudden it hit me — it’s snowing. The first snow of the season always gets me excited, a fresh blanket of white wonder that makes everything look clean. Then I step outside. Now mind you, I run hot, but this morning reminds me why I own a hat and gloves — but of course I have no idea where they are. I believe that …

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    November 19, 2015

    I can tolerate you in three ways

    Merriam-Webster defines tolerance in three ways. The capacity to endure pain or hardship; sympathy of indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own; or the act of allowing something. I tolerate things everyday — rude people, unruly kids, angry pets and most of all stupidity. I am amazed at the amount of stupidity I run into on a regular basis and just let it go. I hit all three …

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    November 5, 2015

    I am not a salmon

    I often use flowing water as a metaphor. The flowing river is the current of life, carrying us along a path of least resistance to that place in our life that is better than just OK. I was talking to a friend the other day about struggle, a serious topic, however the two people having the conversation were trying to see the humor in it. “Why does everything feel like a struggle?” he said. “I feel like I am in one …

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    October 15, 2015

    Who are you anyway?

    Having the ability to identify a behavior that is detrimental and change that behavior is not changing who you are. I am tired of hearing people say, “if people can’t accept your faults, they are not worth your time.” That is complete and utter nonsense. When we exhibit behaviors that are harmful to others, it’s time to take a step back and reassess whether or not it would be OK for someone to treat you the same …

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    September 10, 2015

    Watch where you are going or you will trip on the dog

    Setting goals is important; without goals there is no direction. If you are taking a trip you plug a destination into the GPS and start off on the journey. I have taken more trips than I can count and not once was I focused on my destination or goal the entire trip. After all, the point of going on a road trip is to take in the sights and enjoy the journey, not stress out about getting where you are trying to …

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