1 week 3 days ago
The best history teacher I had in college was a master. He had the class hooked the first day when he told us he preferred to think of history as HIS-Story.
He explained that the history of early cultures, before we humans learned to capture written history on typewriters and computers, was passed down from generation to generation...
4 weeks 2 days ago
I was stationed at Fort Sherman in Panama in the early 1970s, which was a remote Army complex on the Atlantic end of the canal. The fort was situated on a small finger of land separating the Bay of Colon and the Atlantic Ocean.
There were several barracks and some housing for officers, but less than 30 full-time residents lived there....
5 weeks 2 days ago
The mention of the word heaven brings up images in everyone’s heads. When we ask people to describe what heaven looks like, most of those images would be quite different.
Some rely on the descriptions in the Good Book with its pearly gates and streets of gold, but others hold a more modernistic view.
I am not here to debate it one way...
6 weeks 2 days ago
“What if” is a term I am accustomed to hearing and saying.
During the years I spent in graduate school, we constantly asked “what if,” when evaluating potential strengths and weaknesses of a business proposition.
Then there is the age-old question: What if I won the lottery and suddenly had $100 million to...
7 weeks 2 days ago
I made a resolution this year that raised eyebrows with some of my friends. I resolved that there would be less Facebook and more face time with my friends.
Social media has become a way of life. The way we communicated with each other in the past has changed. Social media has given everyone a voice. It is like one of those cars with...
8 weeks 2 days ago
New Years celebrations have changed for Jilda and me. There were times in the past we spent New Year’s Eve wearing pointy hats, laughing, dancing, kissing, and toasting the New Year. By the time morning rolled around, my head felt as if an angry carpenter drilled holes in my head with a rusty brace and bit and filled it full of...
9 weeks 1 day ago
I spend the waning weeks of each year in reflection, and a topic that has been on my mind this year is character. What is interesting is that an old door triggered this line of thought.
One day last week when the sun poked through clouds as gray as wood smoke, I decided to take advantage of the moment.
The dogs were...
10 weeks 1 day ago
There are so many things that live in a special part of my memory that I only visit at Christmas time.
Our family’s tree when I was a child is one thing I keep there. When I was growing up, it would never have occurred to my mom or dad to buy a Christmas tree.
When it came time for the tree, my mom would send my older...
11 weeks 1 hour ago
I sat on the couch daydreaming this afternoon as I often do when I am clueless about a topic for my column.
Experience has taught me that the slight buzzing in my ears is only temporary and caused by an approaching deadline whizzing toward me. It is a familiar sound that I often hear when I have writer’s block.