Going back to the motel after Sams’ graduation ceremony, where I heard commencement speeches by an author, a representative from the U.S. House, a high school english teacher and a Jazz pianist,  I passed a man raising a flag on the front lawn of his house on West Street in Grinnell, Iowa. I parked my car and walked over to him, introduced myself and shook his hand. He said his name was Paul Weber. He’s lived in this house sandwiched between an O’reilly’s Auto Parts store and a McDonalds since 1936. He told me he was 92 years old and what kept his mind sharp was mowing the lawn once a week and raising the flag once a day. Works for me.


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