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This Temporary Life

I am at once nostalgic for what was, and enthralled by what is to come. ~ Curt Harding I do a lot of thinking when I mow the lawn. The constant hum of the engine makes it easier somehow to move through time. People, places and faces race by as I relive the scenes that make up a life. One second, I’m in the fourth grade sitting in the principal’s office, in trouble again. The next, I’m on a train interviewing the president of the United States. One second, I’m a boy jumping makeshift ramps on my dirt bike. The next, I’m sitting in the green room at Oprah, talking with Bill Cosby. A couple things occur to me. First, …

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One Minute in the Road

So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied. ~ Helen Keller It’s Saturday, June 16, 1984. I’m at my high school graduation party. Tables, decorated in Eisenhower High’s green and white school colors, are set up in the garage, spilling out onto the driveway. I think my parents invited every person who’s ever been in their lives. It’s a pretty good crowd and I’m clowning around, manning the bar, serving drinks. Suddenly, one of my friends walks in and says, “Curt, there’s an old dude out here who wants to talk to you.” I look out front and there’s a car idling in the middle of our busy road, …