Tom Garrett

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How I became an ‘artist’

Like most people, I suppose, I’ve always enjoyed looking at a good painting.

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New Year’s Eves past

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I mentioned last week that as of now I have been around for 84 New Year’s Eves, but I remember only three of them. One of them I will always treasure because it contains a special memory of Lolly. The second one was more prosaic.

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New Year’s Eves past

As of tomorrow I’ll have been around for 84 New Year’s Eves. I’m just guessing, but I suppose a person with an average memory might perhaps remember — oh-h-h-h — 10 percent of his New Year’s Eves?

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What was your best Christmas ever?

With yet another Christmas rolling around — and there have been a LOT of them for me — I got idly wondering which Christmas had been my best.

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My seven favorite quotations

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I’ve lived 84 wonderful years, and during those years I have read so many quotations by so many people that a list of them would probably fill a library. And yet, I cherish just seven of them. 

It’s amazing what a difference some small habit can make in our lives, Part Two

Back When

A long time ago in a far away place (always wanted to say that!) I developed a small habit that has had a remarkably happy effect on my life. 

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Truth can really be stranger than fiction

As I said last week, if I took some of the unlikely events that have happened during my life and used them as plots in a novel or short story I’d be laughed at, but there’s one major exception: The most wonderful event of my life, one which happened one evening in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Truth can really be stranger than fiction

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If I were to take some of the unlikely coincidences in my life and use them as plots in a short story or novel I’d be laughed out of every editor’s office I took it to. And I wouldn’t blame them either.

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For me, teaching science was the best job on the planet – Part 2

Two weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to become a scientist, but didn’t go to college out of high school.

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For me, teaching science was the best job on the planet

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Last week I mentioned that I wanted to be a scientist, but didn’t go to college out of high school because a counselor said a science degree was impossible for me.

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