The Best of Times or the Worst of Times

As Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Dickens was writing about the cities of London and Paris set against the French Revolution that … Read more…

We Can and Must Save Our Bees!

When I first mentioned bees in a June 2007 blog about grapevines, it was thought that a fungus was killing beehives and causing Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we’ve discovered there are multiple causes, including pesticides. Oregon In June 2013, a landscape company sprayed 55 linden trees in a Wilsonville, … Read more…

Love our environment

We are expected to be good stewards of our Earth. Sadly, too many people don’t quite grasp what this means, nor do they understand the responsibility each one of us has to do many things that protect the environment. Personally, I would like to see municipalities do far more to … Read more…

Making Time to Write

In theory, writers who do not work outside the home should be able to set aside time to write and be on the path to achieving their goals. This is because household chores and errands are divided up. Everyone in the family carries their share of the responsibilities, according to … Read more…

Let’s Not Take Freedom for Granted

As aircraft fly over our crowded suburban valley to take part in a variety of Memorial Day air shows around the Southland, they bring a tangible reminder of how and why we are still free.  For every patriotic holiday, they are here. And when I hear the unmistakable drone of the … Read more…

Hope Your Mother’s Day Was Happy

This year in the U.S.A. we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the setting aside of Mother’s Day as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson. Some mothers would prefer that the government had never started the tradition for all the pain and heartache it has brought them over the decades. … Read more…

Ready to Roll Again

Now that the migration of my website from HTML to WordPress is underway – it will never be complete – I’m ready to start blogging on a “whenever the mood strikes” basis. As with tweeting, blogging for the sake of blogging is a waste of everyone’s time. But if I … Read more…

Welcoming 2012

All together now: “All I want for Christmas is a root canal ….” I seriously didn’t have any intention of celebrating the holidays with a two-stage root canal, but that’s what happened. Stage 1 happened a few days before Christmas and Stage 2 happened a couple of days before New … Read more…

One Down and Two to Go

We have made it through Thanksgiving after much trepidation. My employer is in the throes of handing out many more layoffs and none of us really know what to expect before Christmas and New Year’s holidays are upon us. For that matter, 2012 is a huge question mark in many … Read more…

Venturing further into eBooks

Discoveries and What Shall I Write? have both been available as e-books as well as trade paperbacks for the past year or so. And like many other authors, I’ve been considering digital editions on a wider scale. In fact, Between the Spaces of A Writer’s Life first came out as … Read more…