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What’s a Jingle Hop?

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My parents didn’t usually listen to the local pop/rock radio station when I was a kid, so I didn’t hear the more youth-oriented Christmas songs during the season until I was a pre-teen with a radio of my own. The …
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More Cowbell

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Song: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult Impressions: appealing riff, widespread death, too-tight ’70s shirt, cowbell Elbow: Bruce Dickinson needed “more cowbell.” What do you need more of? How likely are you to get it? I certainly remember …
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Hungry, Hungry Hearts and Souls

Paul Revere and the Raiders made a hit of being “Hungry” in 1966 (I think this sloppy version is from their 1968 daytime show). This is the third in my continuing series on entering writing contests (“continuing” as opposed to …
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Enjoy Yourself

I can finally end my obsession over the “House” series finale. I was surprisingly satisfied, even uplifted by the final episode, despite some real lapses in basic storytelling (lack of information and logic, mostly). That I was willing to suspend …
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The Westside Fanatics 4-H Club Bench

          The bench rests beside the door to an office among animal barns on the Warren County Fairgrounds. The bench is shiny dark green with engraved letters filled in with white paint. I can’t see who …
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Surprise Gifts

I’m the easiest person in the world to buy a gift for because my interests are so varied and my taste so eclectic. And I’m fond of staples such as bath salts—even a honking big container of plain old epsom …
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Writing Your Story for Family

A year ago, on December 7, 2010, my Aunt Shirley Ritchie passed away. On this first anniversary, it’s somehow appropriate that I’m typing up my Uncle Don’s reminiscences. He certainly mentions Shirley and her passing, but most of the document …
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NaBloPoMo Day 29: Being Uncle Chester

It was S.Hooligan, naturally, who came up with the idea of calling me Chester. I remember it vividly. We were in a local antique mall in September, 2009. S. was standing up in the basket of a grocery cart, loudly …
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NaBloPoMo Day 28: Weariness

        There are plenty of reasons to feel weary today. Post-holiday energy drain, shopping fatigue, gloomy weather, stress of month-long writing output—and you probably have your own list as well. Here are five “elbows” about weariness. If …
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NaBloPoMo Day 27: Ain’t Been Nuttin’ But Bad

I always enjoyed the song “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas.” As a child, I don’t know which I relished more: the rotten stuff the kid did or the fact karma was catching up with him and he’d be getting zip …
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