Saturday, June 24, 2017

Under My Hat

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Every time a shooting tragedy takes place, licensed gun owners take a hit.

It's a quirky public reaction, odd repercussions of a gun killing. Guns carry a stigma.

When a drunken driver careens onto the sidewalk and kills five pedestrians, we don't blame the car. We don't react by trying to limit cars.

Recently two deranged bombers at the Boston Marathon killed and maimed by using kitchen pressure cookers.

But there isn't a campaign underway to limit pressure cookers or make them illegal.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Not too long ago I had a chance to talk briefly with aspiring young writers from my hometown.

They're high school students who've resurrected a student publication.

They've created a magazine called "The Blue and White," named after a defunct school newspaper. I'm out of touch because I never realized that the school newspaper had folded. I was surprised to learn that it had been out of print for years. For quite some time, the school had no student publication, I was told.

This, to me, is hard to believe.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The newspaper that's delivered to your front door and the content appearing on the Internet are the result of teamwork as special as that of any sports team.

And it's easy to compare a newspaper staff to a sports team.

But I like to think of a newspaper operation as a giant, well-oiled machine.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

If you're nuts over Nutella, you might be in line to receive $20 in reimbursement.

That's the amount some folks will receive after a $3 million lawsuit over misleading advertising against the maker.

The lawsuit was brought by plaintiff Athena Hohenberg, a California mom. She says she fed her 4-year-old daughter Nutella after seeing ads that represented the spread as "nutritious" or a "healthy breakfast."

When she found out otherwise, she felt it was time to hold the food manufacturer accountable.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It was only natural that baby boomers would lead the way with checking labels on cans, boxes and wrappers. We grew up with the advice to check things out.

There was a jingle: "If it says Libby's, Libby's, Libby's on the label, label, label; you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table."

Since ingredients are listed by volume or quantity, the first thing on the list is the product's chief ingredient.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sometimes you have control of your hobby and sometimes your hobby has control of you.

Just for fun, I taught myself to ride an authentic 1880s highwheel some years ago.

A highwheel is the world's first bicycle, a dangerous contraption with a gigantic wheel. In its day, it was a turning point in human engineering and achievement.

It was the first invention to allow man the ability to use his own power to travel far distance on land. In short, it replaced the horse for many, and it lasted about 20 years until the automobile came along.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

When we grow older we start seeing correlations between things.

For instance, I never realized the full extent of which weather has an impact on how we feel.

Of course, the simple term 'seasonal allergies' hints at the relationship between weather and our health.

Another example is that some say our sinus problems really kick in when low-pressure fronts arrive.

There's some kind of correlation between barometric pressure and sinuses.

Lately people have been complaining of flu, infections, bronchitis, colds and respiratory illness.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Life is supposed to be simple.

We're supposed to live by two pages of rules. And there really aren't too many words on those pages.

The two pages were actually stone tablets. Each tablet contained five Commandments. They advise us about ethics, with instructions to worship only God and to keep the sabbath. They also warn against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, and adultery. That's not too bad, really. All of it makes sense, and so it should be a piece of cake.

Then we have the Bible, which makes things more complicated.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The most exciting news nowadays is coming from the sports world.

For instance, after weighing all of the info presented, it's easy to come to the conclusion that stellar cyclist Lance Armstrong probably went through more drugs in his career than a Walmart pharmacy.

I remember the days when doing one's honest best and winning through fair play was the ultimate goal, and for that reason we celebrated sports heroes. Lance Armstrong is no role model.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Forget the recent news at home. The really interesting stuff is happening way up north.

While we teeter on the edge of a fiscal cliff and express frustration over a dysfunctional Congress, Canadians have been dealing with headlines and issues far more intriguing.

First off, someone stole several million cans of maple syrup and it might be sitting on grocery shelves near you.