Tom Garrett

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You really can’t go home again

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When my family moved from New York City to New London, Conn., I found myself in a town that suited me perfectly, small enough to know well, but large enough to be worth knowing.

You never know what the next day may have in store for you

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I tell you, Johnny, if someone had asked me 10 years ago how many good murder mystery novels I had ever read  — and enjoyed — I would have had to admit the total came to a nice round figure: zero.

Inventions people’d pay a lot for

A few weeks ago I discovered that confession can be good for the soul — and for a laugh. It happened when I got thinking about something — a bad habit at my age — and came up with a list of 10 items I doubted Mom and Pop’s generation had back in the early 1900s.

A little more about ‘I thought ...’

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I cringe whenever I hear someone start a sentence with, “Oh, I thought ...” or, “Oh, I didn’t think ...” or one of its many variations.

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’ – Part 2

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The first thing the 19-year-old basic trainee deserter did when Eddie Morgan and I got him seated in our compartment and the train started rolling was look at my drill instructor’s badge and say, “DI, you ain’t never gonna get me back to that base! I’ll take out both of you.”

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’

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After two years of civilian life I re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, having discovered that I had mistakenly left the kind of life I truly loved.

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Those important words left unsaid can haunt us

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I have a ready answer if someone ever asks me, “Tom, what was the worst mistake you ever made in your life?”

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When Mother Nature waves her wand we can but stand and watch

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Back in 2013 we talked about a Jeep trip that my beloved wife and I took to Bhambore, an archaeological site in Pakistan.

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Sometimes two dumb mistakes can cancel each other out – Part 2

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Two dumb wrongs can occasionally make a right. Last week I told you that I believed I was infected with amoebic dysentery, which was incurable in 1960, or so the embassy doctor told me during his preliminary check of my galloping diarrhea. That tentative diagnosis was given on a Wednesday.

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Every once in a while two dumb mistakes cancel each other out

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One thing I learned as soon as I began traveling overseas during my 21 years in the Air Force was to expect to be told about local health rules and customs as soon as I arrived in a new country.

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