Tom Garrett

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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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The way I became a teacher was just plain crazy

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Real teachers, they say, are born, not made. Maybe so, but you can’t prove it by me. If every teacher had to go through the convoluted twists and turns I went through before I ended up standing in front of a classroom there would be a lot fewer teachers.

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Are you, like I am, one of those ‘Think Ahead!’ types? – Part 2

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Last week I told you how a snake stuck its face in mine while I was on a high ledge, causing me to, (a) let go and fall, and (b) tell myself as I dropped that next time I should do a little more checking before I start out on across a narrow ledge above a height.

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Are you, like I am, one of those ‘Think Ahead!’ types? 

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I have always been someone who takes life calmly, accepting the things we can’t change, but focusing strongly on the ones we can. The result is that I may possibly be the biggest “Think Ahead!” nut on the planet. 

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More inventions I’ll bet people would pay a lot for

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Way back at the beginning of August we spent some time laughing about inventions we would all like to see, like a Chinese can opener that actually opens cans, or a small device that fits in a pocket or purse and when clicked erases all memory in others of anything really dumb you just said.

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Some very handy Internet links

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There are a lot of things we complain about these days — and with good reason. That even includes the Internet, but there are some things on the Internet that are just great — if you know where to find them!

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How I handled Air Force One

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Yes, you read that title right; I not only got to handle the presidential aircraft — Air Force One — but I also got to do most of the grunt work all by my lonesome.

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