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Downton vs. the Super Bowl By: 01/26/2015 @ 10:30am

Sunday afternoons at our house are spent waiting for Downton Abbey to air. It wasn’t always this way. There once was a time when Sunday afternoon meant anticipating such manly…

The Colonoscopy By: 01/12/2015 @ 7:13am

The twin Pratt & Whitney turbo ramjet engines on the SR-71 Blackbird produce 34,000 pounds of thrust apiece, enabling the spy plane to blast through the sky at speeds in…

Christmas in Kansas City By: 01/05/2015 @ 7:13am

My wife and I recently motored to Kansas City to visit our youngest son and to sample some of the exciting offerings in the City of Fountains. We considered touring the Federal…

Kansas City Coffee By: 12/30/2014 @ 12:45pm

Kansas City is a town that’s often associated with such fearsome forces as the Royals and the Chiefs and Hallmark Greeting Cards. It's also a bustling metropolis where one…

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…

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…

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…

Simple Man By: 06/17/2014 @ 7:47am

I’m a simple man. I suppose that’s why there is so much I don’t understand in the world. For instance . . . last week we had a grandchild sleepover. I sort of understand how…

Branson by Air By: 06/16/2014 @ 8:46am

The major goals of any vacation include relaxing and getting away from it all. One of the problems we encountered during our recent sojourn in Branson was getting anywhere at all…

Branson Ramblings By: 06/09/2014 @ 9:04am

It’s easy to tell when you’re closing in on Branson, Missouri. The billboards trumpeting Branson’s attractions become so numerous, they almost form a picket fence.The first…

Missouri Meanderings By: 06/02/2014 @ 8:04am

There is much to recommend about Winterset, Iowa. For instance, the town’s museum boasts a limestone outhouse that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As…

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