Journey Back To Start

January 7, 2011

We focus on moving forward; never believing a sudden stumbling block will throw us back to the starting line. Tom Deroller stumbled and now describes his incredible journey back to start.

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Remembering Ted

January 4, 2011

One doesn’t normally associate courage and with a holiday party. My sister, Sue, and her family, bravely created a gift for about fifteen teenagers. They hosted a party in remembrance of their recently departed son, Ted.

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Grandma Jane’s Sugar Cookies

January 2, 2011

Brother Doug is a professional chef. His sauces explode in your taste buds. The chef faced his biggest challenge. Doug needed to mix all his skills and magic to replicate a special recipe, our late Grandma Jane’s sugar cookies.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Prince of Darkness

December 30, 2010

Rochester, New York ranks fourth in America for profanity. Some argue we swear because of the annual average cumulative snowfall exceeds 100 inches. Others, including myself, believe our profanity is amplified by the lack of sunlight.

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Converging Rivers

December 29, 2010

It is a frosty 15 degree dawn as I gaze at the convergence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers in hometown – Defiance, Ohio. These waterways are not only the foundation of this area, but they also made a major imprint on me.

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ShShledding in Gstaad

December 26, 2010

We stood on a Swiss mountaintop with only one way down – a wooden sled. The ride became some of the most terrifying and electrifying of my life.

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10 Ten 2010 Books

December 22, 2010

Want to cozy up to the fireplace with a good book? How do you want to spend that gift card? Trying to decide what is the first download on that new Kindle. Here are my top ten book recommendations for 2010.

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Christmas of the Souls

December 20, 2010

I love Christmas carols, but every time Adestes Fideles is played, a few tears comes to my eyes. My Dad used to sing it, off key, at the top of his lungs, during midnight mass. He died thirty-seven years ago, but that voice and his passion remain real. Christmas is a celebration of new life. […]

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Snowplow Driver

December 18, 2010

A few minutes before a final exam, a bleary-eyed student caught me in the hallway. It wasn’t too much studying, or too many Four Loko’s – a banned brew. Jake is a snowplow driver, who just finished a 36-hour shift. We agreed on a make-up date.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – White Christmas

December 15, 2010

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas Just like the ones I used to know I hear Bing Crosby crooning as another foot of snow from a Midwestern storm lands on 28” of existing white stuff. With ten days to go a White Christmas is a ‘slam dunk.’ Not necessarily!

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