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  • Charity begins at McDonald’s
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    One good turn deserves another . . . unless it’s yours.
    I was sitting in the drive-thru lane at McDonald’s the other day. I happened to be in the outside drive, to be specific. I mention this because McDonald’s specializes in those dual divided drive-thru lanes. You know, the ones where customers choose a lane when they first pull in –– inside or outside –– place their orders at the squawk box and then race each other to the convergence point to fall back into single file?
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  • Surprise! The Delta Chronicles
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    It wasn’t the merry, merry month of May, but I was strolling near a park, and I certainly was taken by surprise. Out of nowhere, my nose started running, and I couldn’t refrain from rapid-fire sneezing. The spell reminded me a great deal of hay fever.
    That in itself wasn’t a huge surprise. I was outside, after all.
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  • Santa’s shortages seem sure to shock seasonal shoppers
    Tuesday, September 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    For those of us who take a certain amount of ironic pleasure in our humbug approach to Christmas shopping, I’ve got comforting news. We won’t be alone this year.
    I have it on good authority that filling orders from Santa’s Workshop will be difficult in 2021. He’s still reeling from virus-related supply chain issues that caused interruptions last year. 
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  • Reading between the lyin’s
    Tuesday, August 31, 2021 4:00 AM
    I’ve reached into my toy box of column topics, and again this week, I’ve grabbed hold of Afghanistan. I really would prefer to pick something else, but the story is just too large. The death of 11 United States Marines, an Army soldier and a Navy corpsman in a suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport assured us of that.
    Afghanistan keeps rising to the top of the story list, pushing fun stories even further down the heap. There’s nothing fun about the needless deaths –– there, I said it: needless –– of our service members.
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  • Columnist calls it last Afghani-stand
    Tuesday, August 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s difficult to know where I should begin, really.
    In a column that I usually reserve for knitting words together to make people laugh, smile, inspire them to do something special, or to think about something differently than they otherwise might, this time I’m just going to be mad –– and I’m certain I will make you mad, too … without exception to your party affiliation.
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  • The Climb: What’s more important?
    Tuesday, August 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    Let’s visit my morning CrossFit class, again. That’s something we haven’t done in a while.
    For those of you who don’t know, in a brief moment of middle-aged machismo, I signed up for the rigorous fitness regime, last March. I had stumbled into the gym, thinking it was a Mexican restaurant.
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  • Marlowe celebrates a milestone
    Tuesday, August 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    I’m celebrating a milestone. Well, my car is.
    On Thursday of this week, at 6:30 a.m., my 2010 Buick Enclave rolled over its 200,000th mile. It happened as we moved between the first and second drive-thru windows at the McDonald’s nearest my home.
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  • We flicker in a shadowy world
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    I learned the other day that I glow in the dark. You do, too. Evidently, we all do, although I suspect that some radiate more brightly than others.
    Apparently, all humans emit a small aura of light. The light is produced as a result of the chemical reactions within our cells. It’s called bioluminescence, and it’s the same kind of light produced by fireflies.
    Neat, huh? Makes me want to avoid small children with glass jars.
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  • COVID II: The return of the stink eye?
    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    Welcome to Hollywood! With Los Angeles County, California, reinstating the mandate to wear masks in public, it caused me to wonder. I wonder if the return of wearing masks will find its way here, again. I also wonder what other relics of the COVID shutdown might return, as the Delta variant of the virus expands.
    Whether you believe the inconveniences prior to the vaccines were just nuisances or legitimate public safety measures, their return to policy is a genuine threat.
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  • On a trip for the ‘ages’
    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    My brother is getting married in California, and I decided it was time to start preparing for the trip. The wedding isn’t until October, but what I hear from people who have been there, California sounds like a place that requires some major advanced planning.
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  • When the Scouts go marching on…
    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    The week following my birthday was always one of the most anticipated weeks of my youth. Just as the John O Marlowe Birthday Festival was drawing to a close, my brother and I had to begin preparing for camp, always the second week in July.
    This wasn’t just any camp, mind you. I never could understand how other parents could pack up their children, and send them off to a recreational camp or a church camp.
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  • Timetable towards eternity
    Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:00 AM

    I wasn’t expecting to live greater than twenty percent of my life with a monarch. But I have.

    1 p.m. Sunday

    Wracked with arthritis and damage to both knees, the discomfort walking had been plain to see for months. But this time was different. From the shoulders back, she couldn’t move. For the first time, I see the end. Coming too fast for me.

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  • The neighbor boy ‘means’ well
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    I was enjoying the mid-morning sunshine on the well-trod path along the edge of my driveway, worn thin by years of retrieving the mail from my mailbox, when I encountered my next-door neighbor Kaity towing her young son, Stevie, in her shadow.
    “Are you two out enjoying the longest day of the year?” I asked.
    “Actually, this isn’t the longest day of the year,” challenged Stevie.
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  • Black Thumbs Matter: no green bean genes here
    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    Now that I’m fully in the middle of my middle years, I’ve been concentrating on becoming healthier. In particular I’m focusing on my, well . . . my middle. My middle is still there, but I notice that my toes are getting nicely tanned, now that sunshine is finally reaching them.
    The downfall in my battle of the bulge is nutrition.
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  • Off-seasons greetings from John
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    Get a lot of stuff for Christmas? I did, and it makes me wonder where it all comes from, and how it all gets here. Oh yeah, Santa and his elves figure that out for us, every year. Right? Although that’s true, we have to admire all the planning that goes into moving our holiday goodies to market.
    Now that the holiday season is behind us, who besides Santa is thinking of next Christmas? Thankfully, lots of people are.
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