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The Beach Memo

Your Daily Note From the Beach

Goodbye, Dad

Philip Charles Hoffmann III was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on January 11, 1932. He passed away on August 9, 2017, at the age of 85, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He's survived by my mom, his wife of 60 years, as well as me and my brother, Chuck; three...

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Thoughts on Father’s Day 2017

As far as I know, my father is still living on this Father's Day. I haven't seen or spoken to him in nearly two years. As I wrote earlier this year, my folks left me in August 2015. They moved 2,000 miles away. I don't expect to ever see them again. I've made peace...

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National Arbor Day: Plant trees!

Today is National Arbor Day. It's a day created to encourage people to plant and care for trees. I live in an older neighborhood. Some of the houses here are more than 50 years old. I live in the "new" part of the neighborhood. My house is a mere 40 years old. Around...

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Fat shaming is good for everyone

If fat shaming is okay, then shaming everyone should be okay. Everyone has issues. Everyone. Every single person walking around in the world has some sort of personal struggle. They may have problems with their job, with their spouse, with their children, with their...

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Why don’t you just lose the weight?

". . . if she would just lose the weight." That's a snippet of a conversation between a husband and wife, speaking about one of the wife's colleagues, in a book I recently read, Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil. The author is British and the novel is set in a small...

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