Up in the air

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014
By Bob Buckel

A few years ago I had an opportunity to fly to Minneapolis/St. Paul to make a presentation at a newspaper convention. My family couldn't go, so for once, I was one of those guys, alone in the airport, flying somewhere on business.

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Toiling in the soil, again

Published Saturday, March 15, 2014
By Bob Buckel

A neighbor who has been an interior designer her whole working life recently decided to retire from that profession - at which she is very, very good.

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We wist not wither we wot, what?

Published Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The first Bible I ever saw was a King James Version (that's King James of England, not LeBron of Miami).

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Measuring life in car memories

Published Saturday, March 1, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The last roommate (before the current one) and I were sitting around one evening, talking cars. He was a car guy.

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The great American smokescreen

Published Saturday, February 22, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Quite a few years ago, a new family came to our church. They had three boys who were then about 12, 10 and 8.

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Why I don’t forget Valentine’s Day

Published Saturday, February 15, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Valentine's Day was Friday. If you're looking for ideas for that perfect gift for your sweetheart, you're too late.

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Interview with the groundhog

Published Saturday, February 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

"Sure, I can talk. Once all the hooplah is over, I've got tons of time. Oh, wait - what's that, Shirley? Ah ... sorry, but I do have a pedicure at 3. But it's no problem."

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It’s Denver by a hair

Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Predicting the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl is a major industry right now. I'm not a gambler (other than the fact that I drive) but I checked the odds and as I write, the Denver Broncos are 3-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's game.

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Sure, legislate faith! (As long as it’s mine)

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Well-meaning people in two nearby Texas cities, including Paradise, have now declared 2014 to be the "Year of the Bible."

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What’s in a name? The weather-person’s self-esteem

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Bob Buckel

In almost six decades on the planet, I've been cold.

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The alchemy of the kitchen

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Fragrant steam rising from the big pot of soup on the stove fogs the windows of the warm kitchen while winter rages outside.

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Resolute as we face 2014

Published Saturday, December 28, 2013
By Bob Buckel

A few stubborn oaks cling to their leaves. Ice, north winds and temperatures in the 20s morning after morning have not managed to dislodge them.

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‘Twas the week before bowl games

Published Saturday, December 21, 2013
By Bob Buckel

"Mr. Claus? Is this Mr. Santa Claus?" Yes. Can I help you? As you can imagine I'm terribly busy right now.

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Forgiveness stands out

Published Saturday, December 14, 2013
By Bob Buckel

My hometown newspaper got a full-page ad every Christmas from a cotton gin.

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Words that are starting to bug me

Published Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Bob Buckel

In the newspaper business, we deal in words like a florist deals in flowers. Trying to find just the right one, and put it in just the right place, is a real challenge.

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Spirits in the sawdust

Published Saturday, November 30, 2013
By Bob Buckel

All I have to do is turn on the table saw. As soon as spinning steel teeth bite into wood, the warm sawdust smell fills the air inside my shop and he's there.

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A time to hit the pause button

Published Saturday, November 23, 2013
By Bob Buckel

When I can, I like to listen to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" on public radio (5 p.m. Saturdays on 90.1 FM - but this is not a commercial).

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Putting health, and care, in health care

Published Saturday, November 16, 2013
By Bob Buckel

America thinks and talks a lot about health care. Lately, it seems that's all we talk about.

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What we can learn from our veterans

Published Saturday, November 9, 2013
By Bob Buckel

I never served in the military. Like most boys coming out of high school, it probably would have done me some good - but my generation was weaned in the turbulent 1960s on protests and riots and anti-war songs, and the U.S. military wasn't respected the way it is now.

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The irresistible allure of otherness

Published Saturday, October 26, 2013
By Bob Buckel

Years ago, when we lived on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood in town, a small contingent of high school kids came to our door on a Halloween evening.

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