Author Archives: vanbytheriver

Randy Parker

Am I the only one concerned about what happened to Randy ? As the younger brother of Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story”, Randy clearly had a troubled childhood. He was often shown hiding under kitchen cabinets, worried about the … Continue reading

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In Heavenly Peace

  On December 16, thousands of volunteers placed Christmas wreaths  on almost 250,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1992, Morrill Worcester of Maine donated a surplus of wreaths to Arlington in remembrance of a visit to Washington DC that … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

Stormy has had it with show business. The 1600 lb. Hereford escaped a live Nativity scene in Philadelphia yesterday. Twice. The first time, the 7 year old cow was found heading south on Interstate 95 at about 2:30 am. Police … Continue reading

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Candid Comments

Blog posts are planned, considered, edited. Comments are not, they are spontaneous. That is where the good stuff lives. Did you ever submit a comment, then sit back and wonder how it would be received ? Did I just say … Continue reading

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The Gardener’s Secret

I knew he had a secret. He had the best garden, the richest soil, and produce into late November. What was he doing differently than the rest of us ? I walk my dog past his house daily, and had … Continue reading

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Move Over, Rose

For the 20 years since the release of the Oscar winning film Titanic, folks have been asking the same question. If Rose had moved over, could Jack have fit onto that piece of wood and been saved from a tragic … Continue reading

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Goosebumps

If you react to certain kinds of music with goosebumps, you have a unique brain. You may have a wider, richer range of emotions. Those who get chills from music have structural differences in the brain, namely “a higher volume … Continue reading

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