Columns/Opinions

Tue
16
Sep

All of a sudden, it’s winter for you

A dear reader sent me an email the other day titled, “And then it was winter!” As I am now in my winter years, the writing really touched  home. So, I wanted to share it with my readers – both those who are in those winter years…and everyone else who is on the way. Here is the column: “You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
 
Tue
16
Sep

Would you honor a marriage pact?

Okay, so this writer needs to first explain what a marriage pact in this sense actually is supposed to mean. It has nothing to do with the actual honoring of marriage vows but the beforehand honoring of an agreement that “if we’re not married in such and such years from now we’ll get married.” Yes, this really does happen in real life.
 
Tue
09
Sep

Best ways to get and keep motivated

No matter what you do for a living, the key to success is motivating yourself, each and every day, according to Geoffrey James, a veteran business journalist who now writes a daily column for Inc. com. “Most people don’t realize
that motivation mostly emerges from minor changes in your own behavior,” says James.
 
Tue
09
Sep

2014’s Most Endangered Jobs

With the economy how it is these days and with the whole concept of “shrinking departments and consolidating jobs,” there are many work professions that are limiting their fields in leaps and bounds. I happen to currently work on one of them and I previously worked in the travel industry as a parttime travel agent  
 
Tue
02
Sep

Every political race matters this fall

The candidates have put  their names on the line and offered themselves for the various positions to be voted on this fall. In fact, a total of 86 candidates qualified for some 52 positions up for election. 
 
Tue
02
Sep

Inspired by a very wise teenager

This writer seems to remember hearing different older people say that wisdom comes with age and I do not dispute this charge – but I think that wisdom also tends  to be born out of extreme faith, courage and perseverance
amid facing unfathomable tragedies. 
 
Tue
26
Aug

Open letter to a son on underage drinking

I think it is nature for every parent as they raise their children to fear the worse that might happen as they grow older and come under peer pressure. And it is certainly harder today than it was when I was raising my six children. As a parent of four sons and two daughters, I always taught my children to be responsible and not engage in activities that would bring embarrassment to them or  their parents.
 
Tue
26
Aug

A Western legend: No gun necessary

History is so fascinating for this writer and I can’t help but share of the interesting tidbits I discover either through my travels or via online articles. The latest part of history I traversed via the Web is set in the late 1800s of the Old West.
 
Mon
25
Aug

Feel like a cross-country trip?

Is it just this writer or have there been a lot of cross-country walking/jogging military veterans in the news lately? It all seems a bit reminiscent of a scene from “Forrest Gump” if you ask me, but each vet – Ernie Andrus and Elizabeth Poles – I feature below has their own reason to walk or run across the States. “If slow and steady really does win the race, count Ernie Andrus as the world champion. The 90-year-old World War II veteran started running/jogging/ambling across the country last October from San Diego. In June, when CBS News profiled him, he was in Payson, Ariz. And now, more than 10 months after he started, he has crossed into New Mexico, according to his Facebook page, which keeps his fans updated on his whereabouts.
 
Mon
25
Aug

Strange July/August weather in area

I’ve always heard it said, “it’ll be a cold day in July before so-and-so will happen.” The final two weeks of July saw two cool fronts move through the area dropping temperatures to near record lows – in the low 60’s in several instances. Several records were broken. We have had some strange weather this year, beginning with the back-to-back snow falls as the year unfolded, and then heavy rains, and a much cooler summer than usual.
 

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