When a Friend is Grieving

Grief is a very personal journey and a very long one. It is different for every family and for every individual. We can never, ever assume that someone will be “over it” in a few weeks or months. They will not be! I hope I never have to hear another … Read more…

Don’t You Just Love Control Freaks?

I’ve been around for a few decades in a lot of different environments but it still amazes me how some people think the only way to feel important is to control what other people do and how they do it. It doesn’t seem to matter what age anyone is, either. … Read more…

Looks Like I’ll Never Retire…How about You?

They’ve brought a lot of studies to bear in recent years on the question of retirement and whether any of us can ever afford to go down that long-awaited road. “They” include AARP, Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and many other financial experts. (Google for more.) If you’re … Read more…

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…