• T.J. Burnham

    What is Halloween?

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on October 24, 2013

    If this Thursday's trick-treat night is successful, my grandsons will gather 4,394 pounds of pure sugar to consume over the next few days. I have padded the walls because they will be bouncing off them, and called to make dental appointments in six months when decay sets in. Those princesses, super-heroes and zombies we'll find at our doorstep will again have turned into little boys and girls at the school bus stop Friday morning chatting cheerfully about what they want for Christmas…

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    Government's Return Comes With An IOU To U.S. Public

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on October 22, 2013

    To begin with, true patriotism to one's nation should be a never-compromised iron-clad contract. But the political game-playing that came to a head with a shutdown of our government has been a tax on even the most dedicated citizen. I have talked with some who feel the whole closure was a symptom of deep disturbances in the nation's fundamental foundation. Whether we have become a nation based on political whims remains a concern. Will the next shut-down be the result of some…

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    Autumn Leaves Flag Whole New Season Slate

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on October 18, 2013

    Welcoming the season is always a delight for me, a former Michigander who loved the turning leaves, nip of the wind and scent of fall from birth. Now, in the Pacific Northwest, where we have all the nice  autumnal trappings without the threat of endless snow (at least in the western part of the area), the "ber" months (September, October, November and December) are even nicer. Spent last weekend on the last 2013 campout on the Kalama River where they were landing salmon by…

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    Government Shutdown Didn't Affect Bobby

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on October 8, 2013

    I know a guy named Bobby Tango who lives in a little unincorporated community known as The Shack, which isn't really a nice place. You see, Bobby is a homeless fellow I help out occasionally when he needs a bologna sandwich or a couple of bucks for socks. I met him working with a local outreach charity who let Bobby slip through the cracks when it came to changing lives. Sharing a chat with Bobby on a city bench recently, I asked him what he thought of the government shutdown. He…

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    October Begins the Holidays

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on October 1, 2013

    Does retail store staff live their lives three months ahead of the rest of us? I only ask, because it seems the Halloween decorations have been out so long they’re not even interesting by the time I get around to thinking about vampires and princesses at my door. I would not be shocked to see a St. Valentine’s day display tomorrow at my local big box mart. I guess they call it planning ahead, but it seems like when they pull  swimming suits off the hangers about the…

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