How to Beat the Baseball Run Down

A couple of years ago I played baseball. Well, maybe it was a couple of decades ago. It is a wonderful game but it can be frustrating if you don’t keep your mind right. If you succeed thirty percent of the time when hitting you are considered pretty good. I never could wrap my head
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The Soul of a Middle-Aged Rambler

The wind is up in Marathon today. Dark clouds have rolled in and it looks like rain is imminent. Porch furniture is sliding around and crashing into railings, making the weather sound much more severe than it actually is. Palm fronds are blowing by, leaving their swaying trees forever. Things look different here today. Change
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In Search of Kokomo

Last year for spring break the wife and I decided to go to the Florida Keys. It was our first time to visit and it was so much more than we imagined. So when the annual hiatus from education turned up again the choice was obvious. We packed up the family truckster again and headed
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When The Heart Becomes Frigid

Lately I’ve become a little cold, not because I live in Alabama in March where it is 75° one day and 35° the next. I’m talking about the inner man, the part that, when fed properly, yearns to grow. It is also the part that, when I live for this flesh, grows dim and frigid.
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What To Do About This Living Stuff

This one starts sometime deep in the night, at that point where you know you should be sleeping but can’t find the dropping off point.  Somewhere deep in the crevices of my mind The Allman Brothers Band keeps repeating “Soulshine” but I’m really not even sure why. I think it may have something to do
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When The Tide Comes In

She and I love to travel. We will load up the car with hastily packed luggage, a couple of pillows for the ride and the other two people that reside at our place.  Sometimes we do not even know where we are headed until we get moving down the road. This is how we have always
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A Hillbilly in the Magic Kingdom

Getting out of town is something I love to do. As much as I love where I am from and never want to live anywhere else, I still love to see the sights. So when I had the opportunity to go to Disney World with my family, I jumped at the chance. I had been
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The Bridge to Home

I live on a country road out in the middle of nowhere.  It curves through the woods, climbs up hills and dips into hollers (hollows, for the over-educated) like a slow-moving serpent that is caught out after the first frost. I have strolled down this road with a fishing pole on my shoulder in search
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The Air Down Here

Years ago a girl I know made an observation about men.  She told me that all old men ever talked about was the weather. Her father was a farmer so I could see where she got this impression from.  I had not considered this before and probably have not given it much thought since but
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