The Searchers

“Although the Internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it’s not just a magnet for the curious. It’s a sinkhole for the gullible. It renders everyone an instant expert. You have a degree? Well, I did a Google search!” ― Frank Bruni If you clicked into this narrative hoping…

RIP Phisher the Dog

The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common.” – Martin Luther Yesterday we lost a dear friend, companion, and much-loved member of our family. Over a year ago, at the age of 9, Phisher developed an inoperable nerve sist tumor on his right shoulder. Shortly thereafter,…

Mother, Do You Think…

“Mother” – Pink Floyd (1979) Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb? Mother, do you think they’ll like this song? Mother, do you think they’ll try to break my balls? Ooh, aah, mother, should I build the wall? Mother, should I run for president? Mother, should I trust the government? Mother, will they put…

60th – Another Bucket List Checkmark

Last summer, with my 60th birthday a scant 10 months away, I began contemplating how to celebrate. In the past, most holidays, including birthdays, were lumped into “just another day” categories, primarily due to my career choice and the fact that duty called, regardless of the day of the year. Mrs. Lawrence did make sure…

And That’s A Wrap

“Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” – Victor Borge Depending on which holiday, or holidays, you choose to celebrate this time of year, you’re either finished, halfway through, or just starting. But, I think it’s safe to say that the holiday TV commercials, which seemingly begin right after Halloween,…

Work From Home – Election Cycle Opportunities!

  “It was meant to be, two trolls living in a tree.” ― KayeC Jones, The Wandering Troll If you’ve spent more than 20 minutes on social media, you’ve likely encountered an internet troll. They’re fairly easy to recognize: fake accounts, 1 or 2 friends (their real self and another troll or 2), and posts/comments…

Conspiracies Abound

“What if we can breathe in space but the government tells us we can’t so we don’t escape?”……unknown The Oxford English Dictionary defines conspiracy theory as “the theory that an event or phenomenon occurs as a result of a conspiracy between interested parties; spec. a belief that some covert but influential agency (typically political in…

Welcome To Adulthood

I recently had a conversation with my 15-year-old granddaughter. She was struggling with one of the seemingly endless dilemmas suffered by most 15-year-olds and the angst was palpable. After hearing both sides of her issue, I immediately realized that I was far too removed from adolescence to advise a correct direction.  Yet, as the old,…

Coloring Within The Lines

“Life lesson from the nursery: Broken crayons can still color.” ~Author unknown Way back in the day, at least in the area in which I grew up, kids routinely went through a procedure to have their tonsils removed. I was 6 years old and even though I can’t remember having any issues, I was shipped…

Travelogue? Blog? (Whatever)

“What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?” – George Carlin As some of you may, or may not know (or care), I recently crossed off another bucket list item. I had come to the realization that I had traveled all over Europe on trains, but had never been…