Lilacs, congress, spending fashion, more good stuff

They’ve now faded away like so many thoughts, but it seemed to me the lilac blossoms this year were more lush than ever, but lacked the fragrance we all love.
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Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, on the search for Jimmy Hoffa, ‘We can’t spend money for days and weeks and months looking for a body that disappeared 30 years ago . . . we’d better be concerned about the taxpayer.? This from a man who sits in a chamber in Washington, D.C. that has approved bridges where there are no roads, airports where there are no planes and super highways in wildernesses. And, $1,000,000 for the B.B. King Museum Foundation in Mississippi.
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In late May Jottings asked: What does the Sierra Club recommend we do when we see an endangered species eating an endangered plant? Laura Douglas of Ortonville laughingly suggested, ‘Kill ’em both!?
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Reach out.
Let someone in.
Try something new.
Slow down.
Be soft sometimes.
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I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a Memorial Day observation without shedding a tear or two. This year was no exception as I watched the National Memorial Day Concert tribute in D.C. The remembrances of heroism and sacrifices in wars past get to me.
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A picture of coming fashions for men showed a man in a suit with the jacket unbuttoned. No problem with that. But, his striped shirt had only the three middle buttons fastened, the shirttail out, and his t-shirt sticking out the top. Obviously the ‘Slop? look continues, joining the backward caps, super-low belt lines, tieless (even collarless) shirts and flip-flops. No wonder gasoline is close to $3 a gallon.
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Here’s some Murphy’s (or Gumperson’s) Laws:
You will always throw out yesterday what you need today!
Whatever you build will always cost more than what you figured on.
It’s only when you shred old tax records that you get a call from the I.R.S. requesting to see those very same records.
It’s only after completely cleaning out your garage that your wife returns from a garage sale.
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Why do we press harder on remote controls when we know the batteries are getting weak?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but duck when you throw a revolver at him?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Is there ever a day when mattresses are not on sale?
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Another good/bad of the Internet. People who surf the Web to learn about their health problems often get sicker than they were before reading up. Reason: Consulting the Internet increases knowledge and social support, but also can cause patients to make their own treatment decisions without checking with their doctors.
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In 1962: First class stamp 4 cents, gallon of gas 31 cents, gallon of milk 49 cents, dozen eggs 54 cents, average new home $18,200, annual income $5,155.

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