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America Needs to Get On Board the Rail Renaissance

I’m back from a two-week visit to the place of my birth – England – where I also spent half of my childhood and most of my teen years while my father was in the U.S. Air Force. Perhaps the most impressive part of the whole journey – more than how modern and healthily progressive England is now, and more than the familiar tourist spots, such as the Tower of London, Westminster, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle – was being re-introduced to Great Britain’s fabulous rail system. Sure, I rode the trains and buses of England in my youth as…

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Don’t Bless Me

Why do people say, “God bless you” when you sneeze? Yes, I know the story … this response to sneezing dates back to the days of the plague, when sneezing was a sign that you had caught it. People said, “God bless you” because in reality, you were going to need it. In other words, “God bless you because now you’re going to die.” But why today? I find it irritating, to be honest. I sneeze and someone inadvertently says, “God bless you,” and then, because I am a two-to-three-times-in-a-row sneezer, the person says, “God bless you” again, and then…

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Florida School Shooting Brings Back Haunting Memories

The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida evoked a memory of when my own daughter attended Hunter B. Andrews School in Hampton, Virginia years ago and a kid brought a gun to school. My recollection was triggered by the haunting news clip of an anguished mother whose daughter was one of the 17 killed when a former student found his way in and mowed down more than two dozen people with his AR-15. In the sound bite, now all over the Internet and on every news station, the mother screams out to Trump, “What…

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Sometimes There’s a Hero

Randy Pausch, the professor who wrote about living well and dying of pancreatic cancer in a "last lecture" that became a national sensation, has died at 47. It must be true that only the good die young and that the better person you are, the shorter your life. At least, that's the way it seems to be. Randolph Frederick Pausch was just a man. But he understood better than many of us what true living is all about. He embraced life, and then he embraced death. He believed that his last journey was perhaps his most important one. He said he…

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