Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bruised and Broken (deck)

I am proud to report that I have finished completely tearing down our 2,564 square foot back deck. At least it seemed to be about that size. It took me a week or so, maybe it was a month, I … Continue reading

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Deckwrecker Man

Years ago I wrote a column for Reader’s Digest recounting my experience as “Jackhammer Man!,” when I rented a jackhammer to dig out some concrete around our home in Roanoke, Virginia. As a little kid in my home town of … Continue reading

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The Best Dog

This is a sad and lonely morning in the Carenen Cottage. We had to put our dog to sleep. Degenerative bone disease had rendered her a cripple in pain, and she was getting worse fast. I can tell you this … Continue reading

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Dream a little dream….

This academic year at my college will be over after Commencement on Saturday, May 3rd. I’ll put on my Zorro outfit and the rest of my regalia, line up with my colleagues, and march over to the venue for the … Continue reading

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