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Parting Thoughts: March/April 2013

Mar 11, 2013 04:34PM, Published by Karyssa Bowman, Categories:



By: Jim Dittmann

Well here we are…  Volume 2 Issue 2

On March 24, 2013 – Tamon Mark (The Wandering Man) turns 60 – Yikes!  When Mark and I met on the first day of the 6th grade – my first thought was “pretty cool guy.”  Ten years later we published Mark’s first book of poetry entitled Sometime Tomorrow.  Mark has taught me many life lessons.  Salutations on the annual commemoration of your natal day!  A poem from that collection…

Going to see grandmother

That’s what’s on my mind

Setting up another friendly argument

Like we do all the time

Maybe I’ll go tomorrow

Just to surprise

I wonder if anyone else

has noticed

that lovely twinkling

in her eyes

when someone drops in

just for the surprise.


Another of our columnists is reaching a milestone this month as well.  Dave Bowman turns 55 this month – Thanks Dave for the great columns!  When you see the NASA 58 vanity plate - be sure to “honk” – Happy Birthday Dave!

During the recent cold & flu season – my family is going through lots of tissue.  On the bottom of one of the boxes I’m told how these are  “100% TREE FREE” and made from readily renewable sugarcane husk & bamboo.  Last I checked – those species grow on the other side of the planet.  This just doesn’t make any sense to me.  I’ll be sure to get the tissue made on this side of the world – from readily renewable trees which keep the jobs nearby – better for the local economy and softer too…

Driving up north Spring Street the other evening.  When this pulsating bright light begins to blind me – can barely distinguish the stoplights – transition lenses are flippin’ out!  “Geez!  What is that – a jumbotron – what da?  This ain’t Vegas, and we are an awfully long way from Times Square!  Seems a bit over the top – you like it?

I must say thank you to everyone that helped to make our anniversary celebration such an enjoyable and successful event – from sponsors to attendees and every participant in any and every way – the food was delectable – the entertainment invigorating – the work of many made for one memorable evening.  I must admit that when Erik first mentioned such a grand gala, I was a bit skeptical.  I am glad he is so very convincing, persuasive and persistent when his passion takes hold – a good time was had by all.  Looking forward to next year.

Cheers!




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