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AMEND CORNER: Happy New Year

Sorry, this is a little late. In fact, it’s really late. It was supposed to be my last column of 2017 and here it is more than a week after 2018 sneaked in on me while I wasn’t paying attention.

I do, of course, have an explanation, which I offer here in case anybody is interested.

Snow drifts and floats in airy cakes, a sunny wind picking it up from where it rests on rooftops and flowerpots.

MY LOUSY WORLD: An ACLU Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Chriiiiistmas…” or is it?  Try singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like a non-specific, seasonal celebration, everywhere you go …” and see how odd it sounds.

AMEND CORNER: A tale of two Christmases

Unless I’ve misread the calendar, it’s time to write a Christmas column.

My mother and I crunch in swift, evening walk strides down the gravely dirt road to which the swollen asphalt of Sunset Rim gives way. We set out later than we meant to. Timing is everything, and our lateness gives us this particular view of a sun setting, just now, just here, just for us.

Many errantly believe that a life-long bachelor lives on fast-food burritos, pizza deliveries and lard scooped by hand right out of the can. Well, I can only speak for myself and not other league bowlers, but I’m not one to completely eschew dietary health concerns. I do a little quality cooking at home, and don’t always order the chicken-fried steak at local eateries.

AMEND CORNER: The trouble with tweeting

I am, admittedly, a congenitally loquacious person. To put it more simply, when I came into the world back in 1944, I came equipped with a big mouth. Moreover, I inherited little control over my mouth, and six years later, I inaugurated the first day of the 1950-51 school year by talking when I shouldn’t — earning a scolding from the teacher before she let me join the crowd at recess.

We headed up South Fork early on a Thursday morning, Aug. 24, 2017.

AMEND CORNER: More about reading

Two or three columns ago, I regaled you readers with my current reading habits.

Thanksgiving seems to be the holiday meant to be forgotten. Oh, sure, people are anxious to get together for a big dinner with all of their favorite foods that afternoon, but then it’s off to the races — the sprint (or for some, the 10K slog) to get to stores before other bargain hunters can grab up all the cool stuff for Christmas presents at the best prices.

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