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Thoughts While ShavingProbably already heard, new Carolina Panthers head coach is Frank Reich … named Thursday … Reich was the first QB for Panthers in the mid 1990s. No mention of former head coach Steve Wilks being on the new staff … I was kind of pulling for him, thought he did a pretty good job as interim … Reich has a long list of stops in the NFL as assistant and head coach. He once was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts … Wish him well…

For the record … we are nearing the end of January 2023 … Average high for January in Bladen County is 55 and low near 36. February’s average high and low … 59 and 38…

Weather forecast … Sunny today, with a high near 53. Clear skies tonight, with a low around 30. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 60 … Sunday, sunny with a high near 64 and a 30% chance of precipitation.

As a youngster, son of a sharecropper, who owned one horse and one mule … no tractors … ‘Bout this time of the year … maybe a little later, we began plowing, turning the soil upside down, as we prepared for a new crop … Tough assignment for a youngster … maybe 12, 13 years old … Helped me tremendously in my decision related to a career, later…

Billy Packer, long time basketball broadcaster, died yesterday (Thursday, January 26) … He was 83 years old … died of kidney failure.

Ever had an urge to participate on a TV game show? Not me…

My sister, Delores Holcomb, has been doing research on our family tree … She discovered several of our distant cousins have lived over 100 years. My goal is to break that record … If my health remains good … but, we know not the day nor the hour…

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” Neil Armstrong

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

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