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These vignettes, by Ted McDonald, tell incredibly short stories of people, places and things that are a clear intellectual out cropping of the sustained ethos of Ted's unique humanity.

I lost 50 pounds and now add exercise to remain healthy.
I lost 50 pounds and now add exercise to remain healthy.
 
I ordered a Pillow Man pillow on Amazon not because of politics but technology.
I ordered a Pillow Man pillow on Amazon not because of politics but technology.
 
The 2020 elections prove we are in the technology trap.
 
Veterans Day is a festive celebration by those who returned, married, had kids, worked and retired. We are the one who have reunions and share photos and stories.
Veterans Day is a festive celebration by those who returned, married, had kids, worked and retired. We are the one who have reunions and share photos and stories.
 
This is not a “Love it or Leave it” rant. It's a “Make Yourself Happy” article.
This is not a “Love it or Leave it” rant. It's a “Make Yourself Happy” article.
 
Kids appear before you get the relationship with your wife under control and now you are outnumbered. Al Bundy advises they will grow up and run off someday.
Kids appear before you get the relationship with your wife under control and now you are outnumbered. Al Bundy advises they will grow up and run off someday.
 
A RG was used in the failed President Reagan assignation. Soon after, a lawsuit against the manufacturer was filed then dropped.
A RG was used in the failed President Reagan assignation. Soon after, a lawsuit against the manufacturer was filed then dropped.
 
Sometimes my Photo/Memo style provides inspiration for lengthy comments too detailed for the BCN comment section. I consider these guys as Staff needing a Comment safe-space.
Sometimes my Photo/Memo style provides inspiration for lengthy comments too detailed for the BCN comment section. I consider these guys as Staff needing a Comment safe-space.
 
If my laptop research is correct, each Congressman has a $940,000 budget to hire 18 full time staffers.
If my laptop research is correct, each Congressman has a $940,000 budget to hire 18 full time staffers.
 
Modern social media is beyond my understanding but if the video is correct, I am easily fooled.
Modern social media is beyond my understanding but if the video is correct, I am easily fooled.
 
In choosing a career, my grandkids need to know their natural skills and their academic skills...anything to get a competitive edge.
In choosing a career, my grandkids need to know their natural skills and their academic skills...anything to get a competitive edge.
 
Our murder with guns statistics are only slightly worse than Mexico, so I researched their gun laws. Forget about Canada. Why are they safe? That is different story.
Our murder with guns statistics are only slightly worse than Mexico, so I researched their gun laws. Forget about Canada. Why are they safe? That is different story.
 
I modified the Police Academy Qualifications for 70-year-old VN Vets at an indoor range. First, no time limits and second, hit the target anywhere. Third, bathroom breaks are okay.
I modified the Police Academy Qualifications for 70-year-old VN Vets at an indoor range. First, no time limits and second, hit the target anywhere. Third, bathroom breaks are okay.
 
Texas and other States allow the sale of inspected feral hog meat. Many food banks welcome donations.
Texas and other States allow the sale of inspected feral hog meat. Many food banks welcome donations.
 
Having a carbine and a handgun chambered in the same caliber is an old tradition
Having a carbine and a handgun chambered in the same caliber is an old tradition
 
Certain folks in certain zip codes commit 48% of crimes with guns.
Certain folks in certain zip codes commit 48% of crimes with guns.
 
Rumor has it that Georgia fox hunters imported coyotes for year-round hunts with their dogs.
Rumor has it that Georgia fox hunters imported coyotes for year-round hunts with their dogs.
 
I modified the Police Academy Qualifications for a minimum Concealed Carry Permit test. Georgia has no test requirements for Concealed Carry permits. No permit is required to buy a gun.
I modified the Police Academy Qualifications for a minimum Concealed Carry Permit test. Georgia has no test requirements for Concealed Carry permits. No permit is required to buy a gun.
 
The good news...75% of gunshot wounds are not fatal; bad news...police are not required to offer medical assistance; doctors are seldom by-standers.
The good news...75% of gunshot wounds are not fatal; bad news...police are not required to offer medical assistance; doctors are seldom by-standers.
 
The Hog Hunting Video explores some questions and motivations for buying AR-15s. Moving targets need semi-auto rifles especially feral hogs. YouTube has great training videos to select the correct caliber for coyotes, squirrels, pigs, goats, and deer.
The Hog Hunting Video explores some questions and motivations for buying AR-15s. Moving targets need semi-auto rifles especially feral hogs. YouTube has great training videos to select the correct caliber for coyotes, squirrels, pigs, goats, and deer.
 
The British Media apologized and rewarded the Professor with a large financial settlement.
The British Media apologized and rewarded the Professor with a large financial settlement.
 
Soon 74 and getting older, I want to transition from semi-autos to revolvers.
Soon 74 and getting older, I want to transition from semi-autos to revolvers.
 
I am trying to lecture my grandkids about the wise use of legal agreements and the unwise use of handshake deals.
I am trying to lecture my grandkids about the wise use of legal agreements and the unwise use of handshake deals.
 
During a seminar, I learned that buyers judge a salesman first by his appearance walking in the door then by his voice when introducing himself. It is a challenge to change those first impressions.
During a seminar, I learned that buyers judge a salesman first by his appearance walking in the door then by his voice when introducing himself. It is a challenge to change those first impressions.
 
The first meaning is of a point (physical, decisional, etc.) beyond which one will proceed no further.
The first meaning is of a point (physical, decisional, etc.) beyond which one will proceed no further.
 
West Point trained the officers for North and South. Charging across open fields gave way in Virginia to charging fortified CSA positions.
West Point trained the officers for North and South. Charging across open fields gave way in Virginia to charging fortified CSA positions.
 
Sadly, this is young Wesley's last letter before he was killed at Antietam. Looking through the others, I see no record of combat.
Sadly, this is young Wesley's last letter before he was killed at Antietam. Looking through the others, I see no record of combat.
 
My VN vet buddy, Hugh, allowed me to copy 30 CSA letters by his relative, young teenager Wesley. Most of the letters were mundane day to day sickness, winter camp, slow pay, asking for clothes, and the comings and goings of folks taking bodies home with KIAs and WIAs (Killed and Wounded in Action).
My VN vet buddy, Hugh, allowed me to copy 30 CSA letters by his relative, young teenager Wesley. Most of the letters were mundane day to day sickness, winter camp, slow pay, asking for clothes, and the comings and goings of folks taking bodies home with KIAs and WIAs (Killed and Wounded in Action).
 
Two of my 'Lunch & Shoot' buddies allow me to shoot their weapons at the gun range.
Two of my 'Lunch & Shoot' buddies allow me to shoot their weapons at the gun range.
 
Soon 74, I am in the last quarter of my game. Only 5% of Americans are my age or older.
Soon 74, I am in the last quarter of my game. Only 5% of Americans are my age or older.
 
Since 1776, we became involved in 18 major conflicts and are now fighting in 17 countries.
Since 1776, we became involved in 18 major conflicts and are now fighting in 17 countries.
 
Hopefully, nobody is interested in kidnapping a suburban senior guy. My number 01 skill is to live 50 miles outside Metro.
Hopefully, nobody is interested in kidnapping a suburban senior guy. My number 01 skill is to live 50 miles outside Metro.
 
Seniors with Carry Permits need a 10 second head start to get ready for an attack. You can go shallow or deep with laptop research and who other than retired guys and professional body guards have time for this hobby?
Seniors with Carry Permits need a 10 second head start to get ready for an attack. You can go shallow or deep with laptop research and who other than retired guys and professional body guards have time for this hobby?
 
A compulsive neurotic will own Neck, Shoulder, Belly Band, Inside Waist, Pocket, Wallet, and Ankle holsters.
A compulsive neurotic will own Neck, Shoulder, Belly Band, Inside Waist, Pocket, Wallet, and Ankle holsters.
 
If you are a young man planning a professional bodyguard career, this book is for you. If you are a 73-year-old Drug Store Cowboy, you can speed read.
If you are a young man planning a professional bodyguard career, this book is for you. If you are a 73-year-old Drug Store Cowboy, you can speed read.
 
An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature the other chamber being the lower house.
An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature the other chamber being the lower house.
 
Georgia does not require training before issuing Gun Carry Permits and no permit is required for the average guy to have a gun in the car and home.
Georgia does not require training before issuing Gun Carry Permits and no permit is required for the average guy to have a gun in the car and home.
 
High definition body cams offer real world training for police officers and lap top students.
High definition body cams offer real world training for police officers and lap top students.
 
After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than it did after the previous midterm elections.
After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than it did after the previous midterm elections.
 
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