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Oh, Christmas Tree!

December 8, 2021

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Michael Geiger

Oh, Christmas Tree! It should not be terribly surprising to many that the holiday tradition of displaying decorated Christmas trees originated in the colder environments.  By most accounts, the practice is traced to regions within Germany, although other nearby countries still dispute that claim.  In the United States, it took a fairly lengthy period and […]

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When a Win Is Anything But

September 29, 2021

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Michael Geiger

When a Win Is Anything But The 1919 Chicago White Sox fielded one of the greatest teams ever in the history of baseball.  The lineup included one of the best hitters in Shoeless Joe Jackson and two pitchers who routinely won almost 30 games each season in Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams.  By all accounts, […]

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15 Minutes

September 5, 2021

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Michael Geiger

15 Minutes You are given 15 minutes notice to leave your house.  A natural disaster will strike and there may be nothing left.  With no time to ponder or debate, what do you take with you? Courtesy of Hurricane Ida, two of our sons recently confronted that precise issue.  Both planned to remain in their […]

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A Skateboard, A Shopping Cart and The Olympics

August 12, 2021

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Michael Geiger

A Skateboard, A Shopping Cart and The Olympics The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are well into the second week and rapidly approaching the Closing Ceremonies.  Many of the athletes completed their events a week or more ago and they now participate as spectators relieved of the Olympic pressures.  Even marquis events such as Swimming are already […]

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Small Towns and American Monkeys

July 20, 2021

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Michael Geiger

Small Towns and American Monkeys “They prosecuted some poor sucker in these United States for teaching that man descended from the apes.”   Bruce Springsteen summed up the Scopes Monkey Trial with this opening line of his 1988 song, Part Man, Part Monkey.  However, it turns out that The Boss employed a little literary license.  […]

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Deals with the Devil

June 15, 2021

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Michael Geiger

Deals with the Devil Dateline: June 1692, Special Court of Oyer and Terminar, Salem, Massachusetts. On this June day, there were no thoughts of enjoying the upcoming warm summer months.  Rather, Bridget Bishop stood before the Special Court of Oyer and Terminar, a tribunal established by the new Governor of Massachusetts in order to address […]

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True Believers and A Volcano

May 19, 2021

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Michael Geiger

True Believers and A Volcano Ahh.  The Spring of 1980.  We had the Good, the Bad, and the Very Questionable.  The Miracle on Ice had just taken place where the Men’s US Olympic Hockey Team defeated the mighty Soviets.  Rubik’s Cube made its debut and monopolized our free time to align colored squares.  Post It […]

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Of Princes and Fortunes

April 7, 2021

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Michael Geiger

Of Princes and Fortunes The Prince of Prussia demands the return of his family’s riches.  The Prince, Georg Friedrich, the great-great grandson of the last German monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm, II, sued the national and state governments of Germany to reclaim castles, artwork, jewels, and over 10,000 items deemed “family heirlooms”.  The Prince asserts that all […]

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Underdogs Celebrate February 24

February 24, 2021

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Michael Geiger

Underdogs Celebrate February 24 Underdogs.  We root for them.  We cheer for them.  We use adjectives such as “scrappy” and “tenacious” to describe them.  They have “vigor” and “fight”.  Something in our DNA appears to be wired to will them to success.  Underdogs appear genuine whether in literature, movies or sports.  We will leave underdogs […]

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That’s an Ugly Baby!

January 27, 2021

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Michael Geiger

That’s an Ugly Baby! Upon meeting someone’s new child, have you ever heard anyone exclaim: “That’s an ugly baby!”  Of course not.  You hear “What a beautiful cild!” or “What a pretty little baby!” or maybe even “What a sweet little thing!”.  We inflexibly utter these responses even if we secretly think that the baby […]

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