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It seems like Friday was about a month ago, but I know, it was just a handful of days ago.

Like many, I was able to enjoy a long weekend that culminated with the nation’s remembrance and honor for those brave souls who gave all.

Like some, my weekend was able to begin a little earlier on Friday as I was able to participate in a benefit golf event with my wife and two friends.

We didn’t win, didn’t expect to, but we had a lot of fun and a few good, even great at times, golf shots.

Friday night, my wife and our respective daughters and I traveled to Towson to watch the Syracuse and Maryland women’s lacrosse national semifinal.

We were there to see Bel Air grad Christina Dove, who unfortunately played her final game in the Orange uniform.

Maryland was just too good and it proved that again Sunday with its come-from-behind National Title win over five-time defending champion, Northwestern.

Though I can’t seem to find where John Carroll grad Grace Gaeng played, she is part of the national champions.

In Friday’s other semifinal, another Harford Countian, North Harford grad Corey Donohoe, took the field with her North Carolina teammates.

Northwestern knocked off the Tarheels, but Donohoe will have two more shots as she is a sophomore.

The true weekend days took me to Columbia where my daughter was playing with her Havre de Grace Chiefs travel softball teammates.

The weather was hot and so were the bats more often than not.

The Chiefs picked up two wins in their pool play games and then opened the championship bracket play with a win Saturday night.

Three more wins Sunday landed the Chiefs the tourney title and a fun and very successful weekend.

Monday found us back on the golf course, where it was extremely hot and a bit sticky.

Regardless, we (Rayma and I and my brother Greg) had a good time. Each of us walked away with at least one par and that’s no guarantee.

We had a few looks at birdie, but the hole just wasn’t big enough. You golfers know what I’m talking about.

So, maybe you’re wondering if we’re ever home? Sure. There was plenty of time to get some grass cut, give the dog a bath, do a little vacuuming.

Yes, there was also a little time to have a nice home-cooked dinner Monday evening and an hour or more to sit, watch and listen to what nature provides.

We really believe we heard a baby deer the other night, but no visual confirmation. I would be willing to bet that we will see a newborn, a month or so old, before my next column appears.

The multiple frog sounds and the seemingly endless lightning bug flashes make the night time at our house very peaceful.

This is the week of the graduates and by the time this column is printed some will have already taken that stroll across the stage, while the walk will be imminent for many others.

Congratulations to all graduates. Enjoy the moment and be wise in your future choices and decisions.


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