Tom Garrett

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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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Some ancestors had great humor Part 2

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Last week I wrote that I happened to look up someone mentioned in a humorous way in a story I read. His name was Sydney Smith, an Anglican minister born in England in 1771. I didn’t think I had found someone likely to say anything very funny.

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Our ancestors were not all serious

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In reading books about our ancestors, or looking at some of their portraits, you would swear that they must have been a straight-laced bunch that never cracked a smile. And by and large you wouldn’t be too far from being right. But every once in a while ...

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The Depression years were good for America – Part 2

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Last week I started to tell you about a typical 1930s Sunday in New York City where I lived as a boy, but I had to talk about the reason younger people have the wrong idea about the Depression, and here we are with a Part 2.

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Depression years were good for us

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I wouldn’t blame someone if he or she read the title to this column and said, “Well, that’s it; Tom has finally lost it.”

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Ever try buying a 1943 Ford or Chevy?

You’re wondering why I asked the question in the title, right?

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