Friday, November 27, 2015


Saturday, June 20, 2015

We are bombarded by so many events in our lives that it is a wonder we are able to function. Because of all this continual stimulation that is magnified by the frenetic pace of today's society, one wonders how we cope with this never-ending stream of information.

What's worse is we do not appreciate what we have in front of us sometimes until it is gone. For me June seems to be the one month of the year that traditionally has been a month of transition and in some cases loss.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


One afternoon while my husband and I were kayaking together on the bay, I was following him through shallow channels that were dotted with mangroves.

When anyone is following David, it's essential to keep an eye on him as well and to keep up with him. If not, he'll be in the next time zone while you're sitting there saying, "Who was that masked man and where did he go?"

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Harry has many titles. He is my Hunter Man, my Fisher Man, my Honey Man … and now he has a new title.

He doesn't like to sit idle for too long. It's just not in his nature. So if he has spare time, he'll still find something to do.

Case in point: We spend Sundays at my mom's. He usually finds chores to do for my mom. Once in a great while he'll find himself choreless. Such was the case a few weeks ago. Roaming over the property, he noticed several carpenter bees and the damage they were doing to Mom's shed.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Anybody suffering from allergies knows 2015 is the worst year for symptoms since maybe 2006.

Sneezing, headache, runny nose, postnasal drip, inflamed sinuses and itchy eyes.

Experts said all along the prolonged winter would come back to haunt us with high allergy levels in spring and summer. That's for sure.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says allergies can affect just about everyone.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Decades ago when I started writing this newspaper column, publisher Fred Masenheimer made the decision to run the column in the form of a letter to a friend.

We started the column each week with the salutation: Dear friend.

I liked it because that's the way I prefer to write as if I were writing a letter to a close friend.

Over the years the format got changed several times and the friendly salutation was dropped. But I still write it as if I were writing to a friend.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


It's a perfect Friday afternoon, and my beloved and I are sitting in rocking chairs on our front porch, taking a break from mowing, mulching and weeding.

As we sip water and chat, what we at first think is a small dog comes bounding through the shrubs from the fields and meadow to our right.

As the animal leaps into the space between the bridal wreath bush and the coal shed, we see that it is a fawn, its multitude of white spots standing out against its tawny coat.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sometimes it is interesting how two random events could intersect with each other at just the right moment to make one think, even if it's just a few minutes.

I will begin with a question: What does the Garden of Eden and a research paper from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology have in common? The answer is a serpent's fate.

For those not versed in the Bible, specifically the book of Genesis, the first few chapters are descriptions of the creation story.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


A few years back, I wrote a column about needing to believe in "Someday."

I need to believe the day would come when I would get around to all my good intentions my do it "Someday" projects.

I need to believe Someday I would find the time, energy and motivation to clear out the bookcases in my office. Although the bookcases are enclosed in doors, I can seldom open a door because too much stuff is jammed in there, waiting for me to get around to it Someday.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


They say death and taxes are the only certain things in life, but if you live in a rural area you can add hitting a deer on the road to your list.

Every year the insurance company State Farm conducts a survey about the likelihood of hitting those creatures.

The latest: U.S. drivers are nearly 3 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year.

West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely, with the odds of hitting a deer at 1 in 39.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

For the longest time I avoided viewing "Ancient Aliens" because I am skeptical that everything on our planet was constructed and developed by extraterrestrial intelligent beings and that we are merely the shadow of those prehistoric visitations.

There are basically three views of where we came from and how we arrived on this planet. The first and oldest version of our origins is the creationist theory in which a divine creator placed us on this planet with all the plants and animals.