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The art of being a sesquipedalian

I've never been convicted of being the brightest light bulb in the Sheda family, but I think of myself as having a certain acumen when it comes to winter banality and jejune times. After all, the Super Bowl is over, the baseball season is a couple of months away, little chilly yet to get in ...

Take A Mulligan, (Litertally)

As you are well aware, this column is called "Take A Mulligan." For the few that never heard this phrase, it comes to us from the world of golf. Some golfers, when they hit a bad shot, say, "I'm taking a mulligan," meaning "I'm gonna to hit again."The essence being that in life sometimes when ...

My “Kind-Of, Sort-Of, Bucket List”

Ever since that movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman a few years back, a lot of people began formulating their own "bucket list." Have you? Nah, me either. But low and behold, I do have what might be known as a "Kind-Of, Sort-Of Bucket List."Doesn't make sense I know but seldom do ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

The four ladies in the photo last week in front of the concession stand left to right are Pam Kacer as the duck (she also made her costume), Judy Chamberlin as a black cat. Standing behind the counter left to right are RLou Snyder and Sherrie Zimmermans as clowns.They were dressed for Halloween ...

What I’ve learned so far about life

Do you ever get those times where there is nothing, absolutely nothing coming our of your head?You don't? Hmmmm............I get those days quite frequently. Intelligent thoughts and ideas get very lonely inside my head. So when that happens, I try to think of some of the things of life that ...

The Higher Order!

Jumping in the car, I noticed how messy it had become! I cleaned and vacuumed the car, washing and waxing it three weeks ago. Now, it looks like a gravel truck spillage, smells like something died in it and its true color is mud road gray.Why cannot things stay clean, orderly and pleasant? Does ...

Christmas Vacation

Several years ago the Sheda clan decided to do away with presents for Christmas. Yes, really!! Deb was getting tired of smiling and telling me how much she loved the gift I got her, when in fact it was the wrong color, size, already had one, etc. However her gift to me was always, ahhhhh, ...

Record breaking normal!

When our children were growing up, we played a car game of oxymoronslike "widely scattered darkness" and "heated ice." Or how 'bout the claim: "Intelligence experts say"?How about signs that don't make sense? While living in Kansas, our local post office had a sign at one of its drives. It ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

It's a new year and things to be done so let's get to it.Carol Matta and I are having a fundraiser for Phase II of the Wieting Theatre's renovation. It is set for Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Wieting.We are having a few of the former performers returning and do their acts. We also ...