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The December 1 Sunday Morning Sidewalk

SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK, DECEMBER 2013

I had a brief conversation with my wife yesterday.. we pondered our existence, and wondered if 'time' is really going as fast as we perceive it. My only argument was that the major earthquakes on this planet over the past decade did speed us up fractions of a millisecond--that was scientifically proven. Maybe that slight alteration in time does something to us over time.. maybe it in fact does make us feel that the passage of time--and in essence our trek around the sun--is changed.
Or..
It's because we have a child, and now a dog, and a rush of life with work and few pleasure. Could it be the plague of parents--the idea that you're watching your child grow too fast and also facing your own eventual 'ending'? It's already December.

And as long as my fate continues to allow me to exist, expect some Christmas related material this month and later as we get close to 2014, there will be an annual year in review offered us by this website for your pleasure or displeasure.

In the mean time, some news is worth offering.



Actor Paul Walker dies--in some form of twisted irony, in a car crash. He was one of the actors in the FAST AND FURIOUS films..

Paul Walker was just 40 and had a career still ahead of him.. Stars are reacting to the death..
Fast and Furious: Walker lived how he died..

The secret code for nuclear launch? It was just this easy: "00000000" So easy even a Reagan could have done it..


The monsters are always due on Maple st: A large number of Americans do not trust each other..

Video shows Comet Ison dying again..

A grim website tracks the number of deaths and injuries on Black Friday..

Sick: 97-year-old woman beaten to death during home invasion..

North Korea continues to hold 85-year-old American hostage.. the US says to let him go..

90 youth football players hit by "nasty" virus in Vegas.. The strange part that baffled medical officials: None of the players who were vomiting or sick (many went to the hospital) had one common symptom..

A Black Hole is found--that emits a brilliant light.. And it should go without question that this black hole without blackness is perplexing scientists..

At least they left her liver? Woman has her baby taken from her fetus by social services..

Chinese now think a second child is too expensive.. See what decades of a violent and horrid one child policy does to the mind of a population?

UK destroying "embarrassing" Colonial papers..

HUNGER GAMES continues to rampage box office..

CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN set to break box office records for Thanksgiving weekend..

AMERICAN MIRROR reveals the life of Norman Rockwell..

Unpublished JD Salinger stories leaked..

Sexual frustration equals a shorter life..

How to stay healthy: STAY ACTIVE ALL DAY..

COLLIDER will be a horror movie..

Must have retro school lunch boxes..

Get it now: UFO investigations manual..

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