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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Odds are, 'I Got a Horse Right Here ...'
Posted Wednesday, April 20, at 12:31 PM
My parents have been gone now for several years, but it never ceases to amaze me what can bring them right back to top of the mind for me. Of course, it's April 20 and that always makes me think of Mom. April 20 was her birthday, which I always delighted in reminding her was also the birthday of one Adolf Hitler. You know, I'd remind her, that astrology stuff is pretty accurate. Birds of a feather and all that...

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The Circle of Life moves us all
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 10:38 AM

OK, all you "Lion King" fans, sing it with me ... "It's the Circle of Life And it moves us all Through despair and hope Through faith and love." Yes, life throws you some real curveballs sometimes, not to mention the occasional change-up, slider and knuckleball. None more sweeping than the recent plunge into the Circle of Life I experienced...

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The most interesting cold in the world
Posted Monday, March 14, at 4:11 PM

Just so you all know, I don't often get sick ... but when I do, I sure wish I could blame it on Dos Equis. Yea, that certainly would be a much better cause-and-effect circumstance than what I've been dealing with the past 2-1/2 weeks. It's the ravages of the common cold, not the aftereffects of Mexican beer that have hit me hard...

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It happens every spring
Posted Saturday, February 20, at 12:15 AM

Sure signs of signs are upon us. It's staying lighter out longer, even without arguing over daylight saving time. Locally Dairy Castle is open again, ushering in a flurry of activity destined to last until nearly Thanksgiving. And Donald Trump recently saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of political cold fronts on the election scene...

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A real moving story
Posted Monday, January 4, at 4:17 PM

Since moving from one house on 18th Avenue to another with the same numeric address on 20th Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Broadview, Ill., I calculate I have moved eight times. Eight is enough. Believe me. More than enough. I'm finishing up Move No. 8 one Jeep Commander load at a time now from one side of Greencastle to another. There won't be another move now that I have found a quaint, little brick bungalow in the middle of town. That's it, this is home now...

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La-Z-Boy can sweep you off your feet
Posted Friday, November 13, at 3:08 PM

If ever a product was oh-so-perfectly named, it is the burgundy La-Z-Boy recliner that commands the corner of my living room. At the end of many a day -- and perhaps the middle of some others -- it just cradles my every sense of being, cups my body like fine, Corinthian leather and sends me off to dreamland more often than I'd like to think...

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LeBron can now wear the mantle of hero
Posted Thursday, October 8, at 3:08 PM

OK, let's get this out of the way right off the bat -- I've never really been much of a LeBron James fan. I'm not sure how much of that was sparked by "The Decision" when it took a TV special for LeBron to tell us he was fleeing Cleveland for Miami. Really? I'm pretty sure there are scores of Cleveland seniors who do that on their own every winter...

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This never happened to James Dean
Posted Monday, September 14, at 4:20 PM

In one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite sitcoms, "The Big Bang Theory," the quirky cast is seated in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, gobbling up take-out food and all finagling with their cell phones in some way. Perhaps the sanest of the group, Amy Farrah Fowler (what a great name for a trivia competition team, incidentally), finally has enough...

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Say it ain't so, Reggie
Posted Sunday, August 23, at 11:18 PM

So Reggie Wayne is going to go play for the New England Patriots. Wow, man, that hurts. As much as I admire Reggie Wayne as a true professional, it amazes me that he could even consider joining the ranks of the enemy after 14 seasons fighting the good fight against them as an Indianapolis Colt...

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Putnampalooza
Posted Thursday, August 6, at 6:58 PM

If you aren't tapping your toes this weekend in Greencastle, you just aren't trying. After all, it's practically Putnampalooza. Consider this Friday night, Aug. 7. Music is on tap for at least five Greencastle locations. On the courthouse stage. At the VFW post on South Jackson Street. Inside the Inn at DePauw. At Bagos coffeehouse on the east side of the square. And stirring within The Swizzle Stick...

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What's in a name?
Posted Friday, July 24, at 12:09 AM

Back when I was a kid, I longed to have a typical first name. Something simple. Light and breezy. After all, my buddies were all Bobby or Billy or Tommy or Johnny. All nicknames for the likes of Robert and William and Thomas and John. But nobody ever called them by those proper names, except maybe the teachers on the first day of school each year...

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It's reigning cats, not dogs on the Internet
Posted Sunday, June 21, at 10:00 PM

To mangle an old adage, you can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting on a cute kitten video. Yep, sad but true. And admittedly, I used to love the original cat video -- old Toonces the Driving Cat of "Saturday Night Live" fame. Usually the bit ended up with Dana Carvey uttering the running "SNL" gag's punch line, "See, I told you he could drive ... just not very well."...

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You can be a kid again with 'Peter Pan'
Posted Thursday, May 21, at 12:10 PM

OK, I'll admit it, live theater has always been one of my guilty pleasures. Maybe something rubbed off on me when I sang that "Cowboy Small" solo in the Lindop School kindergarten circus program so long, long ago. Thankfully, long before YouTube videos walked this earth...

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Nothing but good news
Posted Friday, May 15, at 6:49 PM

So despite the theory that "no news is good news," we really are on quite the roll with good news here in Greencastle and Putnam County. For in recent weeks, we're just chocked full of good news stories. First came the Greencastle Middle School team capturing a state title in the Interdisciplinary category of the Junior Division of the Indiana Academic Super Bowl...

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A ghost of a second chance
Posted Friday, May 1, at 1:01 AM

Seldom do I ever feel like I'm blindsided by an evolving event or a surprise development. But a couple of weeks ago, I was minding my own business, sitting at the front of City Hall, jotting down a few notes as the monthly Greencastle Park Board meeting seemed lost in a litany of Brickmania events, 5K run requests and fundraiser ideas...

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Go ahead, ask about my teal tie
Posted Thursday, April 2, at 11:12 PM

In court earlier this week, one judge, at least three prosecutors and a newspaper editor were caught wearing the same tie. Fashion faux pas? I think not. OK, so the prosecutor's teal deal was a bow tie. That's Tim Bookwalter's trademark. But it was no coincidence that all of us were wearing teal-colored ties...

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February made me shiver ...
Posted Monday, February 23, at 2:06 AM

OK, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a clever song lyric. Love to drop them into conversation sans music -- just to see if anyone catches on. You know, like shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die. And February -- dear, old frozen (let it go, for goodness sake) February -- seems the perfect time for this lyrical litany...

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Oh, Lance ...
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 5:39 PM

So, a man who could so deftly maneuver a racing bike through dozens of other spinning wheels, up and over mountains, through rain and sun and cold suddenly can't drive an SUV down the street without plowing into parked cars. That's just how mightily one-time American hero Lance Armstrong has fallen...

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Many happy returns or ungrateful dread?
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 7:10 PM

Trying to maintain an ever-stylish wardrobe, I bought a bright and colorful new dress shirt a couple weeks ago. The color was listed on the tag as hyacinth, which I recognize as a flower but not necessarily a color -- unless maybe you owned the mega-box of crayons my parents never bought me...

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If the flu hits, wear it
Posted Monday, December 15, at 4:15 PM

Sitting here poised over the laptop keyboard, I realize I've been wearing the same clothes -- black Dixie Chopper hoodie and my most comfortable jeans -- for three days now. Haven't combed my hair in at least two days since it hurts just to touch it. Haven't shaved in three so that's made the beard a lot more scruffy than I like...

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A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Eric Bernsee has enjoyed residing in Greencastle for more than 25 years. Years of consuming McDonald's iced teas, Dairy Castle flurries and Marvin's GCBs have helped make him the man he is today.
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