Tom Garrett

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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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Life doesn’t work that way, Part 2

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When it comes to future events, life has a way of making us pay a price for overconfidence.

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Life doesn’t work that way

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A few weeks ago I was writing about a Hi-Li paddle, a toy you could buy for a nickel when I was a kid. I mentioned that if you had one now you could get $29.95 for it on eBay. As I wrote that, a thought crossed my mind.

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The pioneer spirit lives on, Part 2

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It has taken me a long time, but I at long last understand what it was that so strongly attracted me to Arizona when I first passed through here 57 years ago.

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The pioneer spirit lives on

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It has taken me a long time, but at long last I understand what it was that attracted me so strongly to Arizona when I first passed through here almost 60 years ago.

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The joy of being one half of a pair

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What fun Lolly and I used to have together! What laughs! Last week I mentioned some evenings when we would go to a little Italian restaurant in Missouri with a couple of friends and spend an entire evening eating pizza, sipping beer, and — most important of all — talking and laughing. About what? I don’t know — but I can guarantee you it wasn’t politics or money.

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Do people still just sit around and enjoy talking?

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I can’t eat pizza. The cheese in it turns me inside out. Know what I mean? lactose intolerance? Ugh!

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Eighty-three years is a LOT of years, Part 3

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Thinking back to my life on the streets of New York City in the 1930s is like entering a time machine.

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Eighty-three years is a LOT of years, Part 2

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As I said last week, every time I think back upon my childhood in New York City it’s like entering a time machine.

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