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Monday, May 2, 2016
The First 30 Days
Posted Friday, April 1, at 1:11 PM
I was born on August 10, 1944 -- I thought it might be interesting to research what was taking place in the world during my first month of life on Planet Earth. Aug 10 -- I was born during World War II -- a sad chapter of human history. Aug 10 -- U.S. Forces overcame Japanese resistance on the island of Guam...

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The Path of Life
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 10:48 AM

Life is a journey without a map. You come to a fork in the road of life and choose a direction. When things that once shocked you begin to amuse you, you've crossed the first barrier of true wisdom. Every time I reach a new age in life, I spend a long day dwelling on my painful past, blessing the present and ignoring the future...

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Saving Daylight
Posted Sunday, March 13, at 10:06 AM

Time is a wonderful invention. It keeps everything from happening all at once. This week, it took several days for me to realize my clocks were out of sync with the rest of the world. No big deal though, I've been out of sync with the rest of the world ever since second grade when Sue Reichart kissed me after school...

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Hotel California
Posted Friday, February 26, at 1:51 PM

I lived in the Los Angeles area for 11.5 years (1975-1986), where I also moved a dozen times within the area for various reasons, including a 5-year marriage and subsequent divorce. I particularly liked the village of Topanga, in the hills between the San Fernando Valley and the ocean, above Malibu, and lived in 3 different locations in those hills...

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Valentine's Day
Posted Thursday, February 11, at 11:53 AM

February 14 is Valentine's Day. According to legend, Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he decreed that young men were forbidden to get married. However, Valentine defied the ruling and continued to perform marriages of young couples in secret...

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American Pie
Posted Friday, February 5, at 10:45 AM

On February 3, 1959, a small airplane crashed in a field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The pilot and his passengers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, all perished. It was the day the music died. "I can't remember if I cried.....

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Groundhog Day -- 2016
Posted Tuesday, February 2, at 1:15 PM

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day. This is the day when grown men and women congregate outside of rodent burrows and wait patiently for a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil to emerge. If the groundhog sees its shadow on this day, legend has it that there will be six more weeks of winter...

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Lady in Distress
Posted Saturday, January 30, at 12:12 PM

I have a friend in Canada, Frankie Picasso (a.k.a. Unstoppable Frankie) who is an author and the founder, CEO, radio host of the Good Radio Network. Since I live in Arkansas, she brought the following item to my attention. Kathy Tarochoine lives in Harrison, Arkansas. She has been a life-long contributor to animal shelters and is the owner of Pet Productions, LLC, which operates Dog Connection TV, connecting humans with dogs...

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Free At Last
Posted Saturday, January 16, at 1:33 PM

Monday, January 18, 2016, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- it always brings back distant memories for me, In 1955, at age 26, Martin Luther King, Jr. was thrust into civil-rights leadership in Montgomery, Alabama, after Rosa Parks had made her courageous stand not to move to the back of the bus...

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Return of the Ice Beast
Posted Saturday, January 9, at 12:22 PM

A movie opened this weekend called "The Revenant" -- the true story of a mountain man named Hugh Glass. In 2009, I wrote the following piece, which included the Hugh Glass event of 1823, and became a chapter in one of my books, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS...

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Birth of Rock-N-Roll
Posted Monday, December 28, at 5:28 PM

The new year, 2016, is upon us. Sixty years ago, in 1956, I was 12 years old -- too old for childish things and too young for wayward women. It was a year when a former truck driver named Elvis Presley burst upon the American scene and helped to create a new musical movement called "rock-n-roll." And the world has been rocking and rolling ever since...

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The Santa Dimension
Posted Wednesday, December 23, at 6:34 PM

When I was about five years old, I was excited to learn that Santa Claus was going to appear at my house early on Christmas Eve to personally hand Christmas presents to my little brother and me. My parents explained that Santa was doing this as a special treat for us since we didn't have a chimney...

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Blessings to All
Posted Friday, December 18, at 11:51 AM

A retired neighbor, who lives a half mile down the road, stopped by this morning and handed me a plate of freshly baked Christmas treats. Life is good in the Land of Ark. Blessings to all this holiday season. BB

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Blunders in High Places
Posted Sunday, December 6, at 6:47 PM

I wrote the following piece as a newspaper column in March of 2003 -- about 18 months after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and during George W. Bush's incursion into Iraq. Due to a series of high-level blunders, the world has become increasingly divided over the Iraq situation...

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Am I my brother's son?
Posted Friday, November 27, at 6:26 PM

Some students have a way of writing things in a slightly different manner than intended, as demonstrated in the following excerpts from tests and essays of eight graders through college, complied by Richard Lederer, a teacher in St Paul. The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created by an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brother's son?"...

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Thanksgiving Day
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 12:34 PM

Thanksgiving -- 2015. I shall enjoy the festivities of the day with my three dogs and my imaginary girlfriend, Tequila Mockingbird. On December 4, 1619, the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in America at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Thirty-eight English settlers attended the event. ...

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The Theta Zone
Posted Thursday, November 19, at 3:29 PM

Suppose a person dreamed that he/she was a unicorn happily strolling along a sandy tropical beach. Upon awakening, how could that person determine whether he/she had just finished dreaming that he/she was a unicorn, or a unicorn that had just started dreaming about being a person?...

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November 11 -- Veteran's Day
Posted Sunday, November 8, at 6:17 PM

The war to end all wars officially ended at 11:00 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It would later be called World War I. The following year, November 11 was set aside in the United States as Armistice Day, in memory of those who participated in World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace...

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Local Lost Treasure
Posted Friday, October 23, at 12:16 PM

When I turned my back on the rat race of big city life, in the late 1980s, I spent about six years prospecting for gold in Central Arizona. One day, I stumbled upon an old man who lived in a school bus on a dirt road at the southern base of the Bradshaw Mountains, between Congress and Stanton. ...

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Dark Passages
Posted Monday, September 28, at 4:52 PM

Robbinsdale High School, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis, was at one time the largest high school in Minnesota. I was a graduate of RHS in the class of 1962. In the RHS class of 1961, there was a girl, Marlene Kringstad, who was named best actress of her graduating class. ...

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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