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Trump Rides, or Slides, Again

Just when you thought he was over, irrelevant at last, about to ride into the sunset, it looks like Donald Trump may make another mucus-slimed slide out of trouble and back into the limelight. We really thought we had him. All the legal pundits on MSNBC said this documents thing was the low hanging fruit.…

Dial “D” for Disaster

If you’re old, read on. If you’re not, ignore this. You have enough other problems in your future as it is. You might describe my current mental condition as fraught. Or overwrought. Or angry as hell.  It’s not just Putin and his barbarism and nuclear threats. It’s not just the impending doom of climate change,…

The “O” Word

It wasn’t that long ago, in a conversation with our millennial familials, that I used the term “Oriental” in describing someone. Oi! One would think I’d uttered the actual name of God and that the Earth was about to be rent asunder. Apparently, unbeknownst to my wife and I, the term had entered the realm…

Giving Up?

Generally my musings in this space run to a pretty uniform length. But this time I’d like you to consider just three images from the recent news. First, the whining and literal weeping of Gen Z’ers over their inability to spend hundreds, if not thousands, to purchase Taylor Swift concert tickets. Next, the news footage…

Quiet, Please!

Maybe it’s a function of old age. Or it could be the tinnitus I trace to that earplug-less airboat ride in Florida many years back. But I am increasingly annoyed by the noise that permeates our culture. I’ve previously written how I love our nearby Target because they have no blaring music to accompany my…

Deflection Points

There are times, happenings, even moments, in our lives that truly change their courses. When this thought recently occurred to me, I looked back on my 76 years and thought about the most significant in my own. Likely the first was when my father died. Funny, that Sunday he’d called and asked if we were…

Crossing the Line?

Having just gotten back from a trip to coastal Georgia and having my TV watching there bombarded by Ron DeSantis political ads from just over the border, I returned loaded for bear. People in the know told me what a mean, vindictive person DeSantis is, so I’m thinking that we might be better off to…

Three Burning Questions

Originally published in the Lititz Record-Express, June 11, 2015 (but still unanswered) We have become a culture saturated with information. But, despite the flood of round-the-clock news, the overload of marketing missives and the continuous intrusion of smart phone patter, there are three questions to which I can never seem to get answers. Perhaps some…

Last Kiss

Published in the August 2022 issue of Keystone Motorcycle Press There was a time in our 50+ years of marriage when our relationship was a bit rockier than it’s now become. Most of it was on me. I’d always deluded myself into thinking that I had an “artistic temperament” and that gave me certain leeway…

Dirty Words

Let’s start with two dictionary definitions: Patriot: one who loves and supports his or her country Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ You can probably see where I’m going to go with this. The mob of mindless deplorables who stormed the Capitol on January 6 was certainly not there in…

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