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An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

A Thoughtful Man Indeed

Hard as it is to believe, someone has suggested that I fall somewhat short of being a thoughtful husband. This cuts to the quick because I have always prided myself on thoughtfulness. A few examples leap to mind:
When we lived in Muncie, I bought Jackie a snowblower so she would not have to shovel the driveway and sidewalk by hand.
While living in upstate New Your I presented her with a power mower because our land was on the side of a hill and I could see that mowing on a slant with a push mower was a struggle for her.
As recently as the Christmas just past, I gave her a hand truck - a dolly, if you prefer - so she would have an easier time moving heavy stuff around the place.
I'm a little hazy on this, but it runs in my mind that I once bought her an aluminum ladder so it would be easy to move from place to place as she cleaned out the gutters and flushed the downspouts.
I definitely recall buying a packet of cloths made especially for the purpose of washing and polishing the car so it would be easier and faster for her.
At one time I even purchased a small, lightweight chain saw so she wouldn't have a difficult time felling the young trees on the hillside and cutting the trunks and branches into the proper size for our wood stove.
So you be the judge; are those acts the mark of a thoughtful husband or not?


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