A great tree you’ve never heard of

A great tree you’ve never heard of

A century ago, the streets and parklands of America were lined with stately Elm trees. Elms are loved for their graceful shape, with branches like spr...

September 24th, 2019 |  


Alice really doesn’t live here any more

Alice really doesn’t live here any more

Here is a real conversation that took place with a representative of a real company. The dialogue, such as it was, occurred between me and a real pers...

September 24th, 2019 |  


Staying silent doesn’t work

Staying silent doesn’t work

I heard about National Suicide Prevention Week for the first time almost exactly four years ago this week. I was barely two weeks into my first semest...

September 11th, 2019 |  



The making of a military family

The making of a military family

I have always had the greatest respect for the men and women who currently serve, or have served, our country in the military.In November 2005, Ray So...

September 9th, 2019 |  


Preplanning a funeral

Preplanning a funeral

I never thought I would write anything pertaining to preplanning a funeral, but since my husband and I recently did that very thing, I thought I would...

September 5th, 2019 |  


Fall is the best time to landscape

Fall is the best time to landscape

Humans have a natural urge to plant in the spring, and spring is the best time to sow garden seeds and plant annual bedding plants. Since time began, ...

September 5th, 2019 |  


A tumbler into mad-cap cup lunacy

A tumbler into mad-cap cup lunacy

The fanciest cup I ever owned as a single man was made by Tupperware. It was really sturdy plastic. It kept drinks cold for as long as needed. I had a...

September 3rd, 2019 |  


The sounds of summer

The sounds of summer

Just the other day I was thinking about the sounds of summer when we lived here with eight children in the house.As I remember it, some were exclusive...

August 28th, 2019 |  


Some glory-seeking Democrats

Some glory-seeking Democrats

As Democratic candidates rush to be president, fund raise, attack each other, and make promises — some of which they have no intention of keepin...

August 27th, 2019 |  


A life lesson reaffirmed

A life lesson reaffirmed

I have been physically active for as long as I can remember. Of course, the definition of being physically active a couple of weeks from becoming Medi...

August 27th, 2019 |