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Good News, ‘Smores, and Yoda

Fourteen years ago, we gathered our four kids on the back porch for ‘smores and to create their Wish List in life.They are now 26, 24, 20, and 17, then they were 12, 10, 6, and 3.Two of those wishes stand out.The 20 year old, Nora, wanted a self flushing toilet so that I would […]

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Cold Fusion – SMother Mother Sister Edition

Our youngest of four children is John. He’s now 15 and a sophomore in high school. He has two older sisters – Mary Kathryn (24) and Nora (18). John also has an older brother William (21). In the fall of 2001, we informed them that their mother was pregnant again. William immediately began preparations to […]

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Like I’m Totally Not Even Kidding

So I got a text last night from Nora around 11:30. To set the scene, one day back in middle school Nora grabbed my phone and edited her name to read “Nora Is Awesome.” I later amended that further to read “Nora Is Awesome Like I’m Totally Not Even Kidding” based her explanation of something […]

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Are Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam Actually Tied?

Since the June primaries, three polls have been released on the Virginia governor’s race. Quinnipiac on June 22nd had Northam up by 8 – 47-39. Harper on June 15th had Gillespie and Northam even at 46. Just this week another polling outfit, Monmouth, had Gillespie and Northam tied at 44. An average of those three […]

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Trump Approval Ratings – The Ugly, the Bad, and the Kind of Good.

To no one’s great surprise, President Donald Trump’s poll numbers from the recently released ABC/Washington Post are headed in the wrong direction. Well, it’s the wrong direction if you are President Trump or want him to pass his agenda. It’s the right direction if you are trying to slow, hinder, stop or #RESIST the Donald’s […]

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Virginia’s First Polls on 2017 Governor’s Race

Before we continue down yet another election season here in the Commonwealth, I thought it would be helpful to bring a healthy, construction dialogue to the race by examining the first two polls of the Gillespie-Northam for Governor match up. The goal here is not to convince the reader to vote or think in any […]

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Donald Trump Won. Barely.

Donald Trump won. Barely. Don’t get me wrong it was a dramatic upset. Historic. But numerically this thing was very close. Trump lost the popular vote, but won the Electoral College. That’s close. Tick tight. The Donald knew The Reason he was there in the first place and that sustained the campaign for a year […]

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Hillary Clinton Lost Because She Had No Why

The story of the historic 2016 presidential election is this – Hillary Clinton lost because she had no Why. This was supposed to be her time, her place in history, and we were just going through the motions. Hillary Clinton being elected president of these States Unites was a foregone conclusion. She was inevitable. And […]

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Cold Fusion – Cross Country Road Trip Edition

I have always wanted to drive across the great land we call America. Don’t know why, just have always thought that I need to see and feel just how big this place is as well as soak all in the differences. Vive le difference! The opportunity came when my sister Betsy’s Navy husband, Marc Orgain, […]

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Cold Fusion – Reconciliation Edition

From  2016. Twenty-two and a half years ago, Michele and I placed an ad in the Newsleader looking for child care for our then newborn who in May graduated from JMU. The next day a lady named Margaret Johnson called inquiring about the position. Before I could answer, Ms. Johnson said, “There won’t be a […]

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