BFFs

The first time I considered someone a “best friend” was in the first grade. I used to live a few houses down from a little blue-eyed blond boy named Johnny. He and I used to play on his pretty awesome Matchbox racetrack at least twice a week. He was my best friend for about a …

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Joker! Joker! Joker!

With the exception of watching Jeopardy once in a while, I don’t tune into too many game shows. When I was kid, there was nothing like watching Truth or Consequences; The $25,000 Pyramid; Press Your Luck; and everything in between. And while I respect and admire today’s hosts, they just don’t compare to Monty Hall, …

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A Lovely Lady

Here’s a story of a lovely lady… It’s pretty remarkable that a person — synonymous with love and gratitude — began her life on a day that we celebrate the former, and passed on a day when we give thanks for the latter. Florence Agnes Henderson, born on Valentine’s Day in Dale, Indiana in 1934, passed …

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Lion’s Den

When I’ve shared with people how many differences I have with my wife, they’ve often respond with, “Well, opposites attract.” I’m always struck by this because I don’t think we’re opposites at all. Sure, we have our differences. On heavy matters — like the death penalty — she believes in an eye-for-an-eye; I’m against capital …

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How I Remember Gene Wilder

I grew up during a time when everyone’s favorite movies would be televised only once a year. It was true of the Wizard of Oz, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and seasonal favorites like The Year Without a Santa Claus, and it was also true of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. If not for our reliable mothers and the …

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Juan Gabriel

Just two days ago, at the Forum in Inglewood (near Los Angeles), the dazzling and ultimate showman performed what would be his final show. Earlier today, Juan Gabriel, one Mexico’s most successful artists, and a brilliant singer, songwriter and composer, passed away of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica. He was 66 years …

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Fast Food

I’ve never shied away from saying that I love McDonald’s.I realize that it’s a bit sacrilegious to say this nowadays, but it has always been my favorite fast food restaurant.My first- and second-grade field trips were to McDonald’s. After getting a restaurant tour, we got to watch employees make French fries from REAL potatoes. And …

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Bat Cave!

To the bat cave!Like a lot of kids, I used to run around the house fighting bad guys, which meant beating up every pillow in the house. The two oversized pillows on my parents’ bed were always the last to go down.I had two television heroes during that time: Robert Conrad from The Wild Wild …

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Believe Them

When someone tells you that you’re awesome, believe them.There is no one like you. So that makes you kind of a big deal.Remember: From the start, you were a “bundle of joy.” By any measure, that’s a pretty good entrance. How you’re viewed and how you feel at the exit depends on everything that happens …

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

See a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck.When I found a 1914 penny in the back seat of my grandfather’s Chevy station wagon back in the late eighties, my eyes lit up! I was convinced that it was worth A LOT of money!I knew nothing about 1914. I didn’t know …

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