Snow Day


How I prayed for snow days as a kid. Growing up in rural eastern Iowa during the seventies and eighties, we had no shortage of snow, but we had surprisingly few snow days. Breaking ice on the water trough and refilling it for our livestock was one of my chores. I would also hose down the area where the school bus turned around in hopes of creating a spot so slick that no bus could hope to exit. It never worked! Nothing fazed our driver and we had snow drifts measured in feet, not inches. Uphill both ways didn’t matter.

Red Carpet


The day after the event, I took a few moments to scroll through some of the red carpet photos from the Golden Globe awards ceremony. I saw lots and lots of glamorous photos of Hollywood’s elite and I recognized only a handful of them. I don’t know if it’s just that I don’t care, maybe I’m too busy to keep up or maybe I just don’t watch enough television, but they were mostly unfamiliar names and faces and most of them seemed awfully young. Isn’t there an age requirement for stardom? Red carpet- for those stars age 30 and up!

Saturdays


I’m about to enter an existential funk. College football season is nearly over so I’ll now have to start doing chores again on Saturdays. Just why I love watching the games so much is a question that I cannot answer. I never played football, not even flag. I failed to grow any taller after reaching the five foot-seven mark and never made it past 175 pounds until I was in my late 40s and I didn’t want to get creamed so those are my reasons. I guess I can finally get after all those fallen leaves and clean the gutters.

In Sickness and In Health

Have you noticed how quickly an illness can spread in a household or workplace? I’m betting that you have because you have almost certainly been a victim of this or the one who got it started. I experienced this recently and tried a home remedy. The recommended treatment consisted of a spoonful of honey, topped with a dollop of raw garlic paste, and covered with a thick layer of cayenne pepper. It tasted awful going down, like most medications, and burned slightly, but I feel better now. It was a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease! J�

New Year?


Why do we have more than one new year each year? By the time we ring in the new calendar year on January first, we’ve already welcomed a new fiscal year, which generally begins the first of October, and the lunar new year is still in the future. Aren’t we just increasing the chances for confusion? I don’t think I’m alone here when I say that I’m already going to have enough trouble just remembering to write January on my checks and writing 2018 instead of 2019 will take at least another month or two. Can we all just agree? 18 instead Why do we have more than one new year each year? By the time we ring in the new calendar year on January first, we’ve already welcomed a new fiscal year, which generally begins the first of October, and the lunar new year is still in the future. Aren’t we just increasing the chances for confusion? I don’t think I’m alone here when I say that I’m already going to have enough trouble just remembering to write January on my checks and writing 2018 instead of 2019 will take at least another month or two. Can we all just agree?

Oil and vinegar

Most people know I don’t like politics. I’m not on one side or the other. I’m open to lots of ideas and sometimes things that don’t mix well, pair well in the proper proportion, like oil and vinegar. Most people don’t eat or drink them separately but bring the two together and you’ve got salad dressing! This describes liberalism versus conservatism. No one side has all the answers and neither view alone can possibly address every issue facing us today. We need a delicate mix of both. Whoever figures out the proportion has an excellent chance of making things work.