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Children’s Games

Kick the Can. Capture the Flag. Both played within biking distance at neighboring friends who shared huge back yards. When it wasn’t summer perfect and we’d aged a bit, Monopoly and Clue. Card games of course. I ran out of game players as I turned older though one drawer still holds ...

Monica And The Coward, A Mixed Bag Of Emotions

We met Monica whose emotionally charged call arrived just as I readied to go home. Her sobs were spliced with incomprehensive words. A crisis-sounding call left me no choice: she needed help now. “Can you put your crisis on hold until tomorrow?” wasn’t an option. I unpacked and soon ...

Because He Lives

Have you seen the ad with a homeless man singing “Because He Lives”? Although he is a little off-key, he knows the words and sings them right out. At the end it is an advertisement for a city mission. “Because He Lives” is one of my favorite songs. I love the message as ...

Some Questions For Chase (Away) Bank

I have been a Chase Bank customer for years. Who knows how much longer it’ll be? Will the company’s thought police come for me next? How about you? If you are a non-leftist who does business with the financial giant owned by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., you need to ask questions and get ...

I’ll Get My Kicks At Age 66

There are often times in our lives that we find ourselves uttering the line, “Another day, another dollar,” before or after another day of work, sometimes following that up with the additional line, “that we owe someone,” which is sometimes the way that I feel. The past few years, ...

Trump’s Latest Un-American Scheme

WASHINGTON — President Trump has thumbed his nose at Lady Liberty with his bizarre notion of shipping undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities that he erroneously says advocate open American borders. In a particularly snide needling of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he suggests they be sent ...

Up From The Ashes

When that beautiful masterpiece Notre Dame was burning in Paris the other day, I couldn’t believe it was burning right now at this point in history-at this period in our earth’s timeline when we’re deciding how we’re going to move forward as a planet. Because what will people say ...

The Exception That Is Costa Rica

In the ongoing U.S. debate about immigration, the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of those crossing our border from Mexico are from these nations. Why isn’t Costa Rica experiencing a similar mass exodus? I put the ...

We Are All Conspiracy Theorists Now

The label “conspiracy theorist” conjures up visions of paranoid, tin-foil-hat characters who think that everything is a grand conspiracy, who are consumed by their vision, and who believe that only they know all the details. There really are people like that. It is a phrase, however, that ...

The Good Life: TV Jingles Then And Now

“Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a with the new Ipan-a, with the brand-new flavor, it’s dandy for your tee-e-th!” That jingle still runs inside of my head, from one ear to the other. Its existence nearly 70 years after I first heard it in the dawn of the television era attests to the ...

Canine Companion: Don’t Give Chocolate To Your Dog

Hey, guys. Happy Good Friday. This weekend is Easter already. I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. Doesn’t it seem like it was just Christmas? I’m sure you have an inkling as to what we’re going to talk about today. What comes with Easter? Easter baskets. What comes with ...

Intolerance Has No Greater Champion Than Trump

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an “afterward” — that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. ...

Weep For Notre Dame

“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.” A cultural calamity played out on live TV when the Paris cathedral that ...

Vetting Democrats Is Not ‘Eating Our Own’

Democrats, please, I’m begging you. Let’s call a moratorium on the phrase “eating our own,” and all of its variations, for the duration of the Democratic presidential primary season. Exploring and discussing candidates’ strengths and weaknesses is a crucial part of the primary ...

Some Things To Ponder

There’s a push to change laws to permit both criminals serving time and ex-criminals the right to vote. Guess which party is pushing the most for these legal changes. If you guessed that it was the Democrats, go to the head of the class. Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote ...

He Actually Was A Great Man

He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with ...

Holy Week: There Is A Season

We’re in the midst of Holy Week as the season of Lent winds down — and we are approaching the good news of Easter. I think it’s a fitting end to a period of reflection and sacrifice, a bit of a wind-down period that ends in a blossom of hope. I think everything is intricately planned by ...

Is The U.S. Full? Wrong Question

“Our country is full,” President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population. Nearly every point made in this “America, full ...

The Last Barn Painter

Do you remember seeing barns with the Mail Pouch logo painted on them? They were once quite popular. Several years ago, I connected up with Harley Warrick, a Mail Pouch painter, in fact, the last Mail Pouch painter. We were going out to see our son who lived in Columbus, Ohio at the time. ...

An Aging Dog

I should have known. She’s absolutely impossible. Not that she wasn’t already but getting an article about her — HER — in the papers has gone to Gloria’s head. She sashays around, twitching that sleek fanny of hers, and expects us to make room for her. Don’t count on it, I tell ...