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By Tom Palen 

The Step Van


February 25, 2023

“You look a lot like your brother Newell,” she said.

“Pardon me,” I asked.

Aunt Di repeated, “You look a lot like your brother Newell.” She was looking at a photo my sister Theresa had posted where she and Newell were flying together in his airplane. I could see some similarities.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” I clarified, “I was here first; I do not look like Newell.”

“Well then, Newell looks a lot like you,” Di said. Then, as I was sipping coffee, she asked, “You two are about the same age, right?” I nearly shot coffee out my nostrils!

“Newell is seven years you...

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