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Nobel By: 12/16/2014 @ 10:12am

They handed out the Nobel Prizes last week.I didn’t get one.I wasn’t really expecting a call, but I read up on them, just in case.Alfred Nobel was a Swedish inventor and…

Christmas Gift Panic By: 12/15/2014 @ 8:25am

It’s nearly Christmas, which means that it’s almost time for me to begin thinking about considering the possibility of starting Christmas shopping. I am a die-hard…

Mark Twain By: 12/09/2014 @ 7:35am

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."  Mark Twain.Let’s talk about Mark Twain.  It’s funny how people see…

The Gut Bug By: 12/08/2014 @ 10:10am

An uninvited and unwelcome guest came to our house recently. His stay was short – only about 48 hours – but his visit left us emotionally and physically drained. I am speaking…

10 Below By: 12/02/2014 @ 7:20am

Thanksgiving Day.Ten degrees below zero and a foot of snow on the ground.I’m sure those two go together somehow, but right now it isn’t really coming to me.It’s not that…

Acts of Kindness By: 12/01/2014 @ 9:01am

This is the season wherein our thoughts turn toward performing acts of kindness for others. A prime example of such a thing might include sending a bolt of cloth to Lady Gaga so…

Storing Stuff By: 11/24/2014 @ 11:13am

“Where is that thingamajig?” I called out to my wife as I pawed though the junk drawer.“What thingamajig?” she called back.“You know. The one that I have to use to…

60 By: 11/18/2014 @ 7:48am

I’m going to be 60 in a couple of weeks.It’s one of those end-in-zero birthdays that should really provoke some thoughtful reflection about the direction my life has taken.It…

Thanksgiving Day Stuffing By: 11/17/2014 @ 12:13pm

It is Thanksgiving time, a traditional holiday that was started by the Pilgrims, a group of intrepid voyagers who decided to put ashore not far from the site of present day Boston…

Smoking By: 11/11/2014 @ 7:17am

My wife was laughing in her sleep when I left for work the other morning. It was a pleasant sound to start the day off, but a little humiliating because I’m afraid I know what…

Tricks, No Treats By: 11/04/2014 @ 6:21am

No trick-or-treaters at our house again this year.It’s starting to be a little hard on my morale.Oh, sure, the grandchildren came, but let’s face it, they were forced. It’s…

Murder Mystery By: 11/03/2014 @ 9:19am

It isn’t often that we are asked to witness a murder, so my wife and I felt impelled to accept the invitation. We were told to go to a supper club located in the tiny town of…

New York Apartment By: 10/28/2014 @ 7:09am

I had no idea I was so rich.I just read an article about an apartment in New York City that sold for $21.9 million. The reason it was so expensive was because of its terrific view…

Why We Can't Be Friends By: 10/21/2014 @ 6:15am

I was working on my daughter’s heating system and having a few issues.  Since I was operating right on the ragged edge of incompetence (a place I spend too much time), I…

Sensible Solutions Needed for… By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:15am

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, a toxin, microcystin, was found at the municipal water treatment plant in Toledo, Ohio. That discovery plunged a city of 500,000 people into a tap…

The Throwback By: 07/14/2014 @ 8:31am

The tale goes something like this: A pair of Norwegian homesteader brothers built themselves a nice granary, two stories tall, with a sturdy stairway. Come oat harvest they bagged…

Do the Math By: 07/07/2014 @ 8:05am

People who can do math are such a pain.And they can ruin a good story.I was thinking about that the other day when some folks in the café were talking about a local character who…

Picnic Season By: 06/30/2014 @ 8:37am

It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially if you enjoy picnics. At this time of year, a person could travel the length and breadth of our great nation while eating your…

Contentment By: 06/24/2014 @ 7:27am

Two days of contentment.That’s what the farmers in our area have had this year - about two days of contentment.That’s not as bad as it sounds . . . I remember a decade when I…

Farmers Market Memories By: 06/23/2014 @ 9:42am

After being told for several months that it’s on backorder, our warm weather has at last arrived. And in yet another illustration of “be careful what you wish for,” I have…

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