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John Grindrod: Denny McLain’s LCC visit and his life’s peaks and valleys

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On the first day of May, the students of Lima Central Catholic were given a rare opportunity to hear from one of baseball’s once-upon-a-time heroes, Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner, Denny McLain. During the program, McLain spoke not only about his baseball life but also about the work it took to achieve success during his 10-year career. The former two-time Cy Young Award winner, the sport’s highest pitching honor, won 31 games in 1968, a magical year for his Detroit Tigers, that year’s World Series winner.

John Grindrod: Please, young people, be each other’s keeper

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During the month known for its basketball madness and the questionable decision-making of spring breakers, there was a story that became national news for almost a week, about a University of Missouri senior named Riley Strain, who was in Nashville on a trip with his fraternity brothers. You may recall he came up missing, last seen on video stumbling down a Nashville street in the entertainment district after being asked to leave one of the famous honky-tonks in a town that makes much of its money from its nightlife that begin way before dark.

John Grindrod: Common expressions and the stories behind them

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During my student days, as my math grades will verify, I really wasn’t much of a numbers guy. My forte, whether speaking or writing, has really always been the language and its various components.

John Grindrod: Navigating those scam-filled waters

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When it comes to trusting your fellow humans, it’s a far different world than the one in which I grew up.

John Grindrod: As Mother’s Day approaches, thoughts of patience

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As we approach Sunday when moms are feted, my thoughts turn to my own mother, the Nova Scotia-born naturalized citizen with the distinctive name of Cavell, one of just two women I have ever known with that Christian name.

John Grindrod: Early May reverie prompts memories, both good and bad

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While the winter that came and went so very quickly as time often does for us older folks was more a whisper than a shout, it’s still always good to welcome May’s warmth.

John Grindrod: Shakespeare, me and incompatibility

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For many, including my Lady Jane, a past two-term president of the St. Marys Shakespeare Club, Tuesday of this week certainly was a special day, as it was William Shakespeare’s 460th birthday. All who have immersed themselves in his plays and sonnets and marveled at his considerable abilities with a quill in his hand may have spent some time thinking about the Elizabethan icon.

John Grindrod: Team parades, a problematic future

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With each viewing of the national evening news, we’re all constantly confronted with the fact that the world in which we live is so very dangerous. Sadly, it seems only days between stories are reported involving gun violence. Even areas where there is great jubilation are not immune, as was demonstrated in mid-February at the culmination of the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade and player speeches on a stage outside Union Station.

John Grindrod: Long forgotten, yearbooks become historical volumes

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As a history lover, whenever I’m reading a historical book, I’ll often wonder what would be said about my own life should I have been included in such a volume. Then, it occurred to me, even devoid of any renowned moments in an otherwise fulfilling but pretty ordinary life, there actually were indeed four history books of which I was a part.

John Grindrod: A nod of appreciation to my local docs

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As a guy who’s tried to support local business whenever possible, when some health adversity arose a year ago after years of battling prostate issues, something that afflicts so many men as they age, I decided to stay with our local docs.