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There’s something to be said for having ink in your veins

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A month or two ago the Roundup ran an article about Bob Earl and Donnie Severs, the Roundup pressmen. What fun it was to read! And how it took me back! I was just 11 the first time I entered a pressroom and I can remember it as if it were yesterday.

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It’s amazing how many things we know that we don’t know we know Part 2

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Last week I mentioned that there are an incredible number of things we know that we don’t know we know, and I quoted what Andy Rooney said in his book, “And More by Andy Rooney.”

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It is amazing how many things we know that we don’t know we know

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Way back in my teens, I once told a friend that we know a lot of things we don’t know we know.

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A writer’s world is a world of ideas, Part 3

It has taken us a while to get here, but now I can show you why I so often tell people, “If you want to write, read.”

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The writer’s world is a world of ideas – Part 2

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Last week I told you how my second-grade class made it through a cold, damp rainstorm to the public library, after which we each slogged home wet, but with a library book.

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The writer’s world is a world of ideas

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I can’t tell you the exact date in 1939 that my life and my world expanded from a few streets in New York to the entire universe. It was the day of my entry into a world of ideas, but all I remember about it is almost freezing to death in a cold wet rain.

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What we believe at any given moment depends on what we know – Part 2

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Last week we talked about how odd it is that we read books and watch programs and films about things we know never happened.

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What we believe at any given moment depends on what we know

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Ever think about how odd it is that you and I read fiction or watch fictional TV programs and films? If you think about it for a minute, you’ll realize that we are voluntarily spending our time focusing on things we know doggone well didn’t happen.

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Truth can be both stranger and sadder than fiction

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Back in October I mentioned the Battle of Saratoga fought in 1777, where the strategy of the British was to separate New York and New England from the southern states, where support for the Revolution was fading. Had they succeeded, most historians agree, the Revolution would probably have ended right there and then.

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The America we love is still alive and well

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On the online forum I do for the Roundup we talk about all kinds of things. One of the first things we talked about when the Roundup asked me to do the forum was, “What is victory in Iraq?”

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