A good thing happened today.

People on different sides of an argument found common ground, and the world — or at least the sports world — is better for it.

It looks like we’ll see Major League Baseball this year after all.

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Since Sue’s prompt is “summer,” and I wrote about it a few days ago, we’ll go back into the archives today.

First, a few things you should know:

  • The post you’ll see when you click the underlined words below was written in 2014, and Nana’s pool hasn’t been filled in years so I don’t swim anymore.
  • There are only so many ways to describe the heat this time of year, and I thought this might provide a glimpse of an Alabama summer.
  • Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup.

Without further ado, from July 8, 2014, here’s a hundred words about swimming.


A podcast episode I heard tonight took me back to the Lincoln Memorial steps.

When I stood on them last year I’d known giants of the Civil Rights Movement had also stood there.

Tonight, thanks to a bonus episode of The Washington Post’s “Presidential” podcast, which has episodes about United States president’s lives and leadership, I heard an earlier civil rights giant’s story in a new way.

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This is just a garden-variety story.

My grandparents sometimes had a garden beside the barn in their backyard, and Pawpaw went to till it up one day.

My cousin and I went with him, to “help” I guess.

He tilled the earth, and we watched it turn.

For some reason, maybe just to play in the dirt, I was close enough to the ground to see some of it wiggle.

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