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Some ancestors had great humor Part 2

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Last week I wrote that I happened to look up someone mentioned in a humorous way in a story I read. His name was Sydney Smith, an Anglican minister born in England in 1771. I didn’t think I had found someone likely to say anything very funny.

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Our ancestors were not all serious

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In reading books about our ancestors, or looking at some of their portraits, you would swear that they must have been a straight-laced bunch that never cracked a smile. And by and large you wouldn’t be too far from being right. But every once in a while ...

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The Depression years were good for America – Part 2

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Last week I started to tell you about a typical 1930s Sunday in New York City where I lived as a boy, but I had to talk about the reason younger people have the wrong idea about the Depression, and here we are with a Part 2.

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Depression years were good for us

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I wouldn’t blame someone if he or she read the title to this column and said, “Well, that’s it; Tom has finally lost it.”

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Ever try buying a 1943 Ford or Chevy?

You’re wondering why I asked the question in the title, right?

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Amazing to read thoughts of our predecessors

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I was reading Agatha Christie’s delightfully well-written autobiography when I came across something that really surprised me.

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Grab your seat and hang on for the ride

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A few weeks ago I was sitting in the eye doctor’s watching a bright spot of sunlight slowly creeping across the tiled floor. I suppose that bright spot was nothing special to anyone else in the room. There it was, as ordinary as the day is long — a spot of sunlight. So what?

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The United States Marines

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As I write this it is Thursday Oct 2, 2014. Yesterday, as I read the Roundup I noticed a letter inviting everyone to attend the annual celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps.

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Somebody up there likes us

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I just finished reading a book titled “The Fifteen Decisive Battles of The World From Marathon to Waterloo.” It was written in 1851 by Sir Edward Creasy, and is a classic, which is still read and quoted today.

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Things my pets taught me, Part 3

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Though Lolly and I always talked about having a dog around the house, it never happened.

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