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It’s official. I’m a resident of the Cowboy State. The long wait is over.

I’m a nostalgia buff. Ask my favorite decades of music, and I’ll answer the ’70s and ’80s. Ask for my favorite decades of TV shows, and I’ll answer the ’80s and ’90s.

When you walk 500 miles in 30 days, those who walk with you become your family. You confide in each other about fears and hopes, joys and sorrows you might never have found courage to tell anyone else.

I was on Instagram recently and one of my friends from Missouri posted a picture of former first lady Barbara Bush with this caption: “I can’t imagine how painful her life must have been, at times. When your husband and oldest son are U.S. presidents and your youngest son is a prominent political figure as well, it comes with the territory, but it still had to hurt. Can you imagine turning on the news and hearing someone speak of your child like people speak of political figures?”

AMEND CORNER: Of men and monkeys

Recently I came across a picture of a chimpanzee accompanied by the information that his DNA is nearly 99 percent the same as mine.

“There’s talk on the street; it sounds so familiar.

Great expectations, everybody’s watching you.

MY LOUSY WORLD: Murder put to music

Old song lyrics are a beautiful thing when astutely composed. Even ones deemed nonsensical — “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” and “My Ding-a-Ling” come to mind — I find quite lovely.

AMEND CORNER: Time to get over it

This nation just can’t seem to get over the Civil War.

It’s been more than 150 years since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant, so you would think we would have put that war in the past, but it keeps coming back.

One of the truths about life is things change, and the truth about change is that it is inevitable.

Spring started last week, and I missed it.

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