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John Grindrod: Some age references in music surely mean more nowadays

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Surely there’s much as we age that reminds us of the rapidity of the years that have passed. For those who enjoy music, you’ve surely noted that songwriters and singers have always used age-related lyrics.

John Grindrod: Always lurking in the cerebral recesses, writer’s block

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To an inveterate golfer like my friend of over 60 years, Mike Schepp, and my sis, Joanie, there is one word never to be uttered, for the thought is that were it spoken, it would somehow manifest itself in their games. That word, “shank,” describes striking the ball on the innermost part of the clubface, causing it to squirt off to the side just a short distance.

John Grindrod: Different autographs divided by 60 years

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Back in March, as I do each year, I flew to Fort Myers to spend a few days with my sister Joanie and brother-in-law, John. Among our sundry activities, John and I will check out either the Minnesota Twins camp or the Boston Red Sox camp, both located in the city for some spring-training fun.

John Grindrod: Gluttony, a Coney Island tradition

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With tomorrow’s Independence Day, I got to thinking recently about all the traditions that surround summer’s grandest holiday. Of course, there’ll be many folks hoisting the flag who don’t ordinarily do that each day, a flag vastly different than the one attributed to Betsy Ross, one which had thirteen five-pointed stars arranged in a circle on a field of blue and its accompanying seven red and six white stripes.

John Grindrod: The mystifying nature of who we financially value most

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Most of us believe in some realm beyond our mortal life, a place where we’ll measure our ethereal treasures quite differently than we do in this realm, with those pieces of paper with dead presidents. But, as long as we’re a part of this realm, people tend to have a pretty keen interest in who makes what for the work they do to keep humanity’s train on the track.

John Grindrod: In our real life dramas, there are those bit players

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For years, many thespians have made a very good living appearing in films as character actors, playing those bit parts so vital to completing a story. Back when Westerns dominated both the small and big black-and-white screens, I’d often see the same faces filling various roles in movies and on TV shows like “The Rifleman,” and “Gunsmoke.”

John Grindrod: Thoughts of Old Glory and a man named Monday

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On Tuesday of this week, something that means so very much to so very many, especially those who’ve donned a military uniform, will be...

John Grindrod: Thoughts of Old Glory and a man named Monday

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On Tuesday of this week, something that means so very much to so very many, especially those who’ve donned a military uniform, will be honored. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of our country’s official banner on June 14, 1777, as so resolved by the Second Continental Congress. The holiday came about in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson established that date officially as what it always was unofficially going back to 1777, Flag Day.

John Grindrod: I’ve always been a sucker for a good boardwalk

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This past April, Lady Jane and I figured there really was no age limit on those who wish to participate in spring break, so...

John Grindrod: In today’s world, with travel comes selfies

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As we are about to turn the calendar page to the month when traditionally travel becomes more frequent, I have a question for you....