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A gentleman who I befriended for a number of years now recently entered my house and acted out of character. One thing that drew us into friendship was the fact both he and I have physical impediments. Even though they are much different, for a spell we came to respect each other. I let him say his thing, and shortly thereafter, after finishing his “presentation,” he rose from the sofa, gripped his beverage and headed for the front door, exiting and closing the door behind him.

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It’s been said the longer one lives the wiser he becomes. My questions stands as read: Pertaining to what? I’ve been told several times I have to act a certain way. I can’t do this or that anymore. That old-school reasoning now has gone by the wayside. I find myself stunned, if not numb.

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Anyone who looks back over the years concerning the weather in July will tell you this month is known for its sunny, hot days. The 15th of this month of this year was no different. Instead of sitting at my computer, however, as I do many an afternoon, I was being transported in a vehicle to and back from a doctor’s appointment at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Imagine, if you can, a nationally televised debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent from the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe, or Gettysburg College, Scranton University or a joint Erie venue of Mercyhurst and Gannon University.

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It was a perfect summer Sunday afternoon: Sunshine had swept most of the earlier clouds from the sky and set a temperature that was warm without being oppressive. Delightful breezes stirred the lush green maple leaves just above my head.

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We are all familiar with what mirrors are set up to do. Onlookers will adjust their ties by looking into the glass reflector, put on lipstick or even brush their hair. But, here’s the thousand-dollar question: Can you actually see yourself, as you really are, a beautiful, wonderful, creation, or do you see someone who is full of fear for one reason or another? What has drawn you to conclude that you aren’t up to snuff, as the saying goes? Has someone stated something to you that makes you want to withdraw and become inhibited?

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John Lennon famously got in trouble in August 1966 when an interview from March of the same year dug up a single quote where he stated that The Beatles were (at the time) “more popular than Jesus.”

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The article made me feel like an old codger. It described a new business opening in the local mall: a 5,000-square-foot “esports center” that will feature summer camps, highschool leagues, gaming tournaments and “happy hours” for gamers.

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According to G.K. Chesterton, “The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”