Zoom chat with an old friend

Zoom chat with an old friend

Yesterday, I had a nice long Zoom chat with an old friend.I know this is nothing remarkable these days, but it was the first time my friend, Andrew, h...

September 28th, 2020 |  


A deputy and Gale Sayers

A deputy and Gale Sayers

Two topics, mostly unrelated but still related by the times we’re living through, are on my mind this week. One is the efforts of a local sherif...

September 25th, 2020 |  


Goodbyes can be difficult

Goodbyes can be difficult

Fall is coming. I can feel it. I love it — the smell of the harvest and the cool crisp morning air, but with the coming of fall we say goodbye t...

September 24th, 2020 |  



The problem of childhood poverty

The problem of childhood poverty

It’s been said that the pandemic has exposed abrasions and holes in the historical fabric of American life. My maternal grandfather was said to ...

September 22nd, 2020 |  


Husband at war with the mice

Husband at war with the mice

My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.The mice (possibly with the assistance of a rat or two) have eaten the electrical wiring in our car causi...

September 21st, 2020 |  


Carrying on a family tradition

Carrying on a family tradition

Staring at me from a wall in my office is a painting that never fails to lighten my mood. It is an autumn scene framed by large trees replete in their...

September 18th, 2020 |  


I met up with a gambler

I met up with a gambler

I am one of those guys that stopped listening to new music several years ago. To me, the best music ever recorded is from the late ’60s through ...

September 16th, 2020 |  


Sunny scenario for Buckeye State

Sunny scenario for Buckeye State

California is ablaze. Oregon is on fire. Together, their unprecedented burn is visible from the International Space Station. Homes have been wiped out...

September 15th, 2020 |  


Knowing what it feels like to be Blue

Knowing what it feels like to be Blue

Blue had been through a rough patch.He was adopted from the shelter and then returned for unspecified reasons. That’s when Bill met him.Blue is ...

September 14th, 2020 |  


Too big for his britches — and that’s OK

Too big for his britches — and that’s OK

Recently I broke down and made a bigger decision.It wasn’t a big decision. Trust me, it was a bigger decision.After years of believing I wore a ...

September 11th, 2020 |