Second Endings

When nearing the end of an hour-long community band rehearsal (for which one wasn’t fully prepared in the first place), an amateur instrumentalist may find few words more welcome from the director’s mouth than these: “Second endings! Second endings!” Those uptempo marches by John Phillip Sousa and Karl King often have two or more repeated…
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Softball Stars

Tattoos, tacos, Tweets and TV binge-watching may have overtaken baseball, hot dogs, motherhood and apple pie as quintessential American touchpoints, but while the United States marks its 241st birthday this week, I can still state with certainty that church softball leagues remain a hot summer ticket in communities throughout the country. A single quick Internet…
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Return, Renew, Reunion

“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason…” –lyrics from “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz Yes, I’m back home–back where the mail has piled up on the countertop, the lawn awaits mowing, work demands to be done and the refrigerator needs restocking. These kinds of everyday tasks are what we…
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A “Ken-Do” Attitude

A celebratory mood prevails in Worthington as the annual Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival sails into its second day. Children, teens, adults, senior citizens, windsurfers and guests stroll along Lake Okabena’s Sailboard Beach, munching on cheese curds, Indian tacos and French fries while absorbing hours of music along with plenty of sun and wind. It’s…
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Your Move

Mothers and movers: What could this unlikely pairing possibly have in common? Besides sharing (along with journalists) a high ranking in the completely subjective category of “Most Underrated Professions in the World,” I submit that they are practically one and the same. To be fair, all parents can be included in this assertion. The development…
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