Tom Garrett

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Some signs can put a smile on your face – Part 2

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Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen many signs that put a smile on my face.

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Some signs can put a smile on your face

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Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen a lot of signs. Some were hanging on restaurant walls, some were stuck on the back bumper of a car, some printed on tiny tags sewn to household items and some were even splashed across a huge highway billboard.

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How can we achieve happiness? Part 2

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Last week we talked about how miserable some of the troops in my outfit were while we were stationed up in Iceland. In our tiny 198-man outfit we lost three men in six months.

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I may have stumbled across the key to happiness

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Are you happy? I am. Been that way all my life.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone – Part 2

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Those of us living today haven’t a clue what it was like in 1871 Africa when Henry Morton Stanley set out to find aging missionary David Livingstone.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone

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About all that most of us know about Sir Henry M. Stanley is that he is the man who trekked through darkest Africa, found an aging missionary that no one else seemed able to find, and asked him a polite question that people will be chuckling about until the Earth quits rolling around the sun:

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Home is not just a word; it’s a feeling – Part 2

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Last week I left off at the point where my new friend Rick and I were driving north toward Sedona on I-17, a first for me because I had only been here in Arizona for about three or four weeks.

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Home is not just a word; it’s a feeling

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Yesterday evening I happened to open an anthology of “Famous American Short Stories.” I was on page 412 and just starting to read “The Courtship of Sister Wisby,” written by Sarah Orne Jewett, in 1888.

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Words that captured the meaning of America

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After the defeat and exile of Napoleon Bonaparte in April 1814, the British turned their eyes upon a still young nation across the seas that had dared to defy them.

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Life doesn’t work that way, Part 3

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Life has a way of humbling us when we get overconfident. Some learn early. Some never learn.

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