LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: It's nice to pretend the good guys always win

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By Terri Likens, Editor

“You know what today is?” my mother asked in a recent phone call.

“I do,” I replied without hesitation.

She didn’t have to ask.

I needed no reminder that July 11 was the fifth anniversary of my father’s death from cancer.

I try not to dwell on the pain of his last days and the suffering which he handled with dignity.

Instead, I try to focus on my fondest memories of him.

And so, on a recent evening, I eschewed the usual offerings on TV and, to honor my father, settled down in front of a good Western.

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