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Boeing in Washington, where it belongs

Above my computer I have a cork board where I pin odds and ends. Messages I don’t want to forget. Things I might want to write about. The calendar. Dates of importance. Old pictures. In direct line...

 

Missing the sun already

If I sound grumpy, I am. I have lost my hour of daylight, again. I’ve watched the dark creep up on me, and wished I could push it back. I’ve seen it moving in a few minutes at a time for a couple...

 

Sounds of trains and fire engines

Trains and fire engines are a part of my memory bank. I find the sounds soothing. I’m aware local people do not enjoy listening for the long low rumble of wheels being pushed down the track. Or the...

 

Looking for The American People

I’m having a little trouble with my eyes. I know I have been guilty of abusing them. I know I try to ignore my need for glasses. I frequently attempt to keep reading long after the skies darken. I...

 

Music is great when it's not a chore

My musical education is pretty sketchy. I spent a year and a half in the back seat of an Oakland 8, as my parents tried to find a place where the weather would ease my father’s war wounds. You...

 

World problems nag us to pay attention

The last two weeks have been a busy mixture of running in all directions, staring at the TV news and holding our collective breath. In small increments I’m living with one worry or another. I...

 

Cats keep you humble

I understand people who suffer from allergies and must avoid cats. That’s medical, and I can manage some sympathy. I do not understand people who just plain do not like or respect cats. They are...

 

Little guys don't get to have all the fun

Cars were lined up like chickens on their roost this week, in the parking lot at the end of my street. I guess it is time to remind all drivers to be a little more careful. Summer is over and the...

 

The old man in the back room

Something infinitesimal can quietly slip into the mind, and burrow in for the long haul. You’re not even aware of its presence until the unexpected disrupts your train of thought. Something as...

 

Time flies with supersonic speed

I just began to relax and enjoy summer and it is the middle of August. The days are already getting shorter. I know I can’t do anything about it, but I don’t have to like it. Time is not just...

 

School in summer is a bad idea

Something is wrong with the calendar. Winters hang on forever and a day, but look the other way and summers are gone in a flash. I’ve got no use for fools that think schools should be year-round....

 

Onerous fee compounds the crime of stolen car

People on corners with signs have become way too common. And it is hard to know what to do when you see one. It is easy in this day of so much misbehavior to question the reliability of stories you...

 

History offers valuable lessons

It’s easy to think you grew up like everyone else. Nobody does. We all have our own memories--good or bad. As we proceed through life they add up. Probably everybody has a book or two within them....

 

Trouble lurks, and costs keep rising

Just when everything seems so right, watch out. Something is around the corner. Really thought I might try dancing again. My 1940 wiggle was trembling. Not a lot, just enough to make me want to give...

 

Smart phones may turn us into dumb people

Been hearing on the news there is a new problem to worry about. Seems that cell phones are causing ‘dementia.’ Maybe not, but they’ve been using the word. Seems that people (the younger...

 

Political squabbles nothing new

It’s been a little hot the past few days. Not just here, but in Olympia and Washington DC. A short summary of activities doesn’t leave the best taste in anybody’s mouth. And ice water...

 

Serving others leaves little time to feel old

We are nearing the end of June. But don’t let the weather fool you. One day it is too hot. The next we have rain. I have a pile of shoes beside my bed, because I can’t know until morning...

 

Rebuilding a bridge, sharing secrets

May was not so good. My hip kept nagging at me. Then decided to act worse. I had trouble watering my geraniums, and couldn’t hide the limp I was fighting against. The doctor asked me if the C...

 

Surgery prospects are unnerving

The first of June always comes before I’m ready. The Stilly Singers quit singing for the summer. I really don’t do well with change. You would think after eighty-seven years I’d get...

 

Potty humor remains from government work

A recent conversation/complaint by my granddaughter triggered a long forgotten memory. Just may explain my jaundiced indifference towards proper policys. It all started when I was young and foolish,...

 

Camping is fun, as long as it’s off the ground

June. Pleasant warm evenings. Graduations. Weddings. Camping trips. All the years we slept in tents, I dreamed of the day I would not be on the ground. Actually we didn’t start in a tent. We...

 

Holiday traditions change, but not the reason

Another three-day weekend is coming up. If the weather is good, picnics and family gathering will be everywhere. Homemade fried chicken and potato salad will be replaced by KFC and the local deli...

 

Headlines, scandals and cat common sense

Charley the Cat and I were having a conversation the other day. I’d just awakened from another nap I hadn’t intended to take, so I was a little slow responding to the pain of his claws in...

 

Coal furor brings memories of progress

Sometimes I think I read too much. One of the first things I did after saying ”I do” was call the local newspaper. I needed a subscription. I don’t even remember when I started reading...

 

America will rise above terror

Like everybody else, I spent way too much time glued to the TV last week. Starting with the bombing in Boston, I couldn’t seem to get beyond the horror. When the announcement that the shooter was...

 

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