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The memory of dirt

ByByRon FranscellFeb 26, 2024

“Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be rearranged.” —Law of Conservation of Mass For a long time, I collected dirt. OK, maybe not the coolest collection,…

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How to recognize a toxic narcissist—and survive

ByByRon FranscellFeb 11, 2024

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder — related to sociopathy under the umbrella term Antisocial Personality Disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated…

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The Blessing Jar

ByByRon FranscellJan 1, 2024

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” —SATCHEL PAIGE I lived a hundred lives last year. The curious wanderer, the angry plumber, the heartbroken son who refused to…

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In defense of Ebenezer Scrooge

ByByRon FranscellDec 13, 2023

I originally wrote this essay as a newspaper column in 1995. It appears here today with a few minor but festive updates because, well, Scrooge is timeless. No businessman in…

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