John Moore: Don't get caught up on age on birthdays

Birthdays are simply mile markers on life’s highway. When I was about to turn 5, my mother told me I was not having a birthday party that year. Of course, I was having a birthday party that year, but my mom told me this because I kept asking if I was having one, and she’d planned a surprise gathering for me. But,…

John Moore: Brands of ice cream bring back memories

I wish I’d bought stock in Blue Bell. Products come and go from American supermarket shelves, but none in recent years has been lamented more than the loss of Blue Bell ice cream. Blue Bell isn’t the only company that makes ice cream, but you’d have sure thought that they were. Wikipedia, that bastion of

John Moore: Not too late to become self-reliant

There’s no better feeling than accomplishing something with your own two hands. We recently completed a construction project at our home. I watched each member of the work crew ply their trade with certainty and skill. I was envious. I sit in a climate-controlled office most days typing on a keyboard and talking on

John Moore: Life is a cycle

He came to us when he was between 5 and 7 years old. We’ll never know exactly how old he is because the people who drove to the dead-end road in front of our home, removed his collar, dumped him out and drove away, didn’t leave a note. It was a 102-degree July day in 2006. He came to the sliding glass door on

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