How long does it take to love a puppy?

Who doesn’t love a puppy?  More accurately, who does a puppy not love?  

Those arguments and many others were what my son used to plead his case for getting a dog.   Continue reading “How long does it take to love a puppy?”

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Newspapers are not dead. . .at least not in small towns

Only I could choose a totally different career path that is going extinct.  The death of the newspaper industry has been well-documented and to my surprise, even has its own Wikipedia page. Which is why ninety percent of you don’t even read a newspaper, only what is posted online.  That’s fine.  Local papers, however, need you.  Well. . . not really.  They need advertisers. Yes, … Continue reading Newspapers are not dead. . .at least not in small towns

Breakdown of society: A/C to blame

NEWSFLASH :  The breakdown of society is not due to the rising divorce rate or the banning of prayer from schools.  I have discovered it is due to the invention of air conditioning. Let me explain.  Our A/C is out.  Again.   A little over ten years ago we bought a wonderfully-lived-in house.  It was equipped with several old features:  original wooden floors, vintage glass door … Continue reading Breakdown of society: A/C to blame

Memories: What date was that?

“Fiddlesticks,” and “Shit-fire.” These were a couple of common phrases I remember my great-grandmother, who I called Grandma Scanlon, repeating often.  Some readers may recall she was the first to label me a ragamuffin that I wrote about here. Memory is a complex neurological topic, yet simple enough that we all experience them.  Errors in memory are equally complex and scientists spend their careers researching … Continue reading Memories: What date was that?

The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

  “How exciting!” “That is so cool!” “I bet that is fun!” This is how most strangers and some friends react when they learn that I am a reporter.  I was a teacher for years and no one EVER had that reaction when I told them what I did for a living.   Initially, I was swept away by the romanticism of the job, even … Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

How do you get it started?

Put the key in the ignition. Turn the key and the engine roars, or purrs,  to life. I’ve been driving for almost four decades and have started different vehicles thousands of times.  Sometimes they don’t start and that usually means a trip to the repair shop. But our Ford Escape has a glitch with its ignition switch that we haven’t gotten around to fixing yet. … Continue reading How do you get it started?