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Chess pains


I’ve been a chess player since high school, though I didn’t really study the game’s historical strategies until I was in my 30s. I’ll spare you the traditional and pretentious notation of my skill rating and just say, my playing is at an intermediate level. I can hold my own with the average casual player.

Hangings — legal and illegal


By any standard Jesse Ransbottom was not an honorable man. The Fairfield (now Fairborn) resident had spent time in jail. He stated that he would slay those who provided food for his family while he was incarcerated because he didn’t want charity.

Time flies


Time. It’s the one thing we can’t control, change, or do over again. It’s a kind of untradeable currency that, once spent, is gone forever and can’t be earned back. Every moment is either a gift or a torment, depending on the circumstances and those who experience them. Each of us feels its passage differently and it never affects two people the same way.

Xenia has car manufacturing history


Unfortunately Xenia did not become a major automobile manufacturing site, but at one time, there were two different cars manufactured here.

Old dogs and new tricks


I’m sure you’ve heard the idiom, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

Beavercreek Township has many villages


Alpha is a small, unincorporated portion of Beavercreek Township.

Making a difference


There is no greater reward than having a positive influence on someone else’s life, but whether it brings with it the satisfaction of purpose is entirely up to you. Mahatma Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Put more simply, no matter who we are, we can all make a difference. Impacting even one person, at a singular moment, can make all the difference in the world, at least to them.

Phone fix folly


I was always the kid that followed my dad out to his workshop to “help” him fix things.

Dawn, dog, and season


It was barely daybreak along the river when the dog and I stepped out the door. More dark than light, though somewhere beyond the low hill to the east, I knew the sun was climbing our way.

Perception is reality


British writer and theologian C.S. Lewis said, “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” Put simply, reality is based, not on fact, but instead on our personal perception of what we see and hear. That said, it’s been my experience that not everyone has the same perception of reality.


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