Tom Garrett

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More about thinking; or rather, ‘Oh, I DIDN’T think.’

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A month back we talked about people who use the phrase, “Oh, I thought that ... (fill in the blank).” We came to the conclusion that most of the time they really mean, “Oh, I DIDN’T think.” I mentioned that I cringe when I hear a sentence start that way, and we talked about a few of life’s happy events that created that cringe.

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Who do we expect to see when we watch a movie with a favorite star?

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The title of this column asks an intriguing question, doesn’t it? When you sit down to watch yet another movie starring one of your favorites who do you actually expect to see? The person he is playing or the star himself?

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Even old folks like me can eventually learn new things

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Apparently it takes some of us a long time to catch on about some things.

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‘Thinking something’ can be good or bad - Part 2

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I once sat on a grassy knoll during a field training exercise as an Air Force weapons instructor strove to make a point, one we had learned the hard way on too many Air Force bases at the beginning of the Korean War.

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‘Thinking something’ can be good or bad!

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There are three little words that scare the pants off me. When I hear them coming out of the same person too often, I keep my distance.

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past – Pt. 2

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This column had its birth when I ripped up a finger and used some of the handy things we all have around the house to fix the mess I had made — a little peroxide, a Band-Aid, some antibiotic cream, and — especially — a pair of handy-dandy nail clippers.

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past

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This column had its birth in a thought that passed through my mind when I was using some hydrogen peroxide to clean a cut on a fingertip.

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Authors and their creations: Who controls who? Part 2

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As I said last week, it has always seemed ironic to me that much the same thing happened to the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries.

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Authors and their creations – Who controls who?

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It has always seemed ironic to me that almost the same thing happened to each of the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries, two people whose books and short stories are still bought and read today — Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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You can learn something new every day when you read

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By now I guess that you know I like to read. I picked up the habit when I was young and have been at it ever since

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