STRANGE WEATHER THIS YEAR

This last day of December it is still raining but rather warm.  Now going on sixth day of rain.  On bright sunny Christmas day I counted 39 dandylions blooming in my front yard, and daylilies that have come back from the grave, trying to bloom.  ...

IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING...

Christmas is over.  My family are all going home.  We've had such gorgious weather while they were here.  Mid sixties and sunny.  they all expressed surprise at how warm it  is here.   The winter that I reported was here to stay.  Didn't!  It...

CALL ME OLD FASHIONED...

... but I detest this idea of replacing wrapped presents with a "boodle bag" with the recievers name on it, and in which you deposit the unwrapped gift in its original boxes with no ribbons or any decoration on the gift.   Yes, I know it may...

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   If this offends you then please don't read it.  For all others I hope this message brings you much joy as it is for me to say it to you.  I truly hope next year  will be very happy for you,

The NOSE FOR NEWS

What is it?   How is is it used?   "Dose it make your nose twitch?"  Bill Snyder, my mentor in news gathering, asked me.   "How do you mean?"  I asked back.   Bill explained it to me.  He said I already had the essentials.  A curiosity...

Winter! It Came LAST NIGHT

Gone are the lazy warmish fall days we've enjoyed for the past two weeks.  The cold moved in and it looks like it's here to stay.  There is sunlight today but you'd better have your warm coat on.   You'll still be hunching your neck down inside like a...

DEEP DISH PIZZA PIE, Ridiculous

There are people in my own family who think the more stuff you add to pizza - the better it is.   The last pizza we had, looked like it had the whole vegetable garden on top.   Absurd!  No. WORSE that that.  Just plain Wrong.   Look, Pizza...

Texting: NOW i'VE SEEN EVERYTHING

A jogger, female, 28 to 30, slowly jogging up and down the streets, a liter bottle of soft drink in one hand and her attention really on her phone doing texts to someone.  She looks up at the road in front of her sometimes but mostly it is on her...

"YOU AIN'T GETTING ANY YOUNGER"

That was my granddaughter admonishing me, shaking her finger as she said it,   "You look pretty good for an 80 year old."   "You mean i only look 79?"  I asked.   "No.  late 60s, or early 70s.  But there's nothing that will make you...

A MYSTERY .. SOLVED!

Like ...  two warships coming into view of each other, from the signal deck of one a blinker light signals the other.  The other ship answers and long signals from the flag ship are exchanged.   A foreign torpedo boat races out to investigate. darting...

I'd like to get naked, but where are my nurses?

I have spent so much time in hospital in the past two or three years that it feels quite unnatural to strip out of my nightclothes or stand around naked shaving or trimming my beard, or get in the shower and bathe without several nurses hanging around...

CLOSET CHRISTIAN? or CLOSET PAGAN?

Christmas lights went up over the weekend,  ice cicles, Santa's with raindeer, huge white Frosty's with colored gifts in hand.  All that sort of stuff.  About half also brought their permanent Christmas trees from storage and decorated them.  A very...