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  • An actual ‘Zelig’

      As a pilot, he knew Jackie Cochran, Jimmy Doolittle, Claire Chennault, Dwight Eisenhower, Chinese warlord Young Marshall, Nationalist dictator Chiang Kai-shek; was fired from three major airlines for whistleblowing; survived flying the Hump (Himalaya) for China National Aviation Corporation and introduced celestial navigation. But,...
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  • Rhyme nor reason

      Sitting around a campfire at Camp Minaluta (a Camp Fire Girl camp), a counselor announced we were going to play a game. We would tell a story, with each girl contributing a sentence as we went around the circle. I don’t remember the sentence...
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  • Time travel, Civil War style

    I worked for the “oldest law firm west of the Mississippi,” whose letterhead was on blue paper. I was curious about this as it’s very unusual for a law firm’s letterhead to appear on anything but white paper. The senior partner of the firm explained...
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  • “Sherpa down!”

      Throughout the world, there are jobs that literally include life or death scenarios, but usually for a business. The Sherpa, however, assist climbers seeking personal accomplishments. While there are climbers who make a point of paying the Sherpa directly, the majority do not, choosing...
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  • Someone else’s Utopia

    In the clay-animated film, “Creature Comforts,” animals are interviewed regarding life in a zoo. The mountain lion languidly declares, “Space. I need space.” I feel his pain. I have lived in apartments, duplexes, cottages and houses – from heavily populated cities to coastal neighborhoods. I...
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  • Happy Cinco de Mayo

      I learned that mixing alcohol is not a good idea when I was 20 years old. I combined beer, tequila and wine the same evening. Looking back, I realize the guy was trying to get me really drunk, but it backfired, because I threw...
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  • When shoes talk, not walk

      The deceased cannot share stories of their cities. Sometimes, however, a city’s history can be visually told via the apparel of that passed citizenry. Yes, apparel. Fashion in Manhattan through the decades would differ greatly from that of Des Moines. (No offense meant to...
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  • You aren’t the boss of me

    It seems there’s always someone stepping in to take charge and tell us what we can and cannot do.  It’s especially annoying when it’s obviously in their best interests, not ours. In this week’s podcast, Ruth Cummings of The Birth Center explains the history of...
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  • Making jolly good fellows

      “I drank beer, and I had a career year.”  –  David Wells Sometimes, only a beer will do. In this week’s podcast, I sit down with beer aficionado, Rick Sellers, to talk about history, new creations, competitions – all things beer. Cheers!  
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