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The Old Parades of My Boyhood Days

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(Copyright 2010 by Gary Spina)             My old memory may be a tad faulty as I sit here remembering the 4th of Julys of my boyhood.  I grew up in Bogota, New Jersey, back in...

Costas Blames the Gun Not Jovan Belcher

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    Kansas City linebacker, Jovan Belcher, shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins several times, He then shot himself in front of his coach. There are unsubstantiated reports that he had head injuries, though there is no...

The Obaman Legacy

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When the final history of the United States of America is written, the name Obama will have transmuted from a proper noun to a common noun – much the same as the name Quisling...

Fairness and Taxing the Rich

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Last week the Gallup organization’s Jeffrey Jones noted the “historically high gap” in the partisan job approval ratings three years running for Barack Obama.  Eighty percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans currently...

Old Digger & Cory Cheek

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  (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina)         Now I don’t often claim to be perfect, though I do belong to The Perfect People Society.  It is a very exclusive club.  I am the only member.  I...

Dancing with Mary Ellen Sanchez

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  (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina)  I guess I was twelve or thirteen years old when girls I knew first started having dance parties at their houses – you know, everyone dancing to the music of...

A Man’s Hands

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  by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) When I arrived in Alaska for the first time, I had only a little over a hundred and fifty dollars -- enough money for about five days of...

Life and Luck


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(Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) I don’t know about you, but I believe in luck. Sure, the harder you work the luckier you get. I know all about that. And I...

To Joplin, Missouri – A love letter

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by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) Are you listening, you Joplin city leaders – because there’s a story I want you to hear – about Joplin and a girl I love. The girl in Joplin...

Fathers and Sons

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  by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) I never knew either of my grandfathers.  One died before I was born, and the other died when I was too young to remember him.  So, now that...