Friday, November 28, 2014

Where We Live

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Did you know there was an important anniversary on March 4? It was an important anniversary, especially for the 300 million Americans in this country, because without the anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution, none of us would probably be living free in this wonderful country. It pains me to listen to those who have been bamboozled into believing this document is "dated" and no longer relevant to our nation.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


It's 9:30 on a chill Friday morning, and I'm in our library, trying to coax two cats into carriers for their first trip to the veterinarian.

It's not going well.

The cats, Sandy, a sweet, shy, orange-and-white male, and Sheba, a plump girl with a thick, soft black coat, have been with us for about a year. Although we have four other cats, we reluctantly agreed to take in Sandy and Sheba after their human was forced to give them up when she lost her home.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

There are four seasons to a year, but there are also many more, defined by sights, smells and sounds instead of a calendar. There are the seasons of woodstove smoke, wild onions, raining yellow leaves, geese calling at dawn and dusk, construction crew hammers, burgers on a grill, lawnmowers, and the sizzle of soft snow.

And the sound of a baseball against a bat.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

One of my favorite movies is "Field of Dreams."

It's not because of baseball and not because of Kevin Costner, though that doesn't hurt.

No, it's because of the famous phrase by the deep-voiced James Earl Jones.

"If you build it, they will come."

The "it" in the case of the Gougers is bird feeders and "they" are songbirds of every variety.

My mother introduced me to birdwatching. When she died in 1991, I inherited all her bird books, including my favorite, "A Golden Guide to Field Identification Birds of North America."

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Why "Athletes Don't Have Regular Jobs 1". That is a question many have asked. A friend sent me the following. It is some quotes and notes that might answer that question more clearly. Hope you enjoy.

1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: "I wan' all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan' all the kids to copulate me."

2. New Orleans Saints RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."

Saturday, March 1, 2014


TN correspondent

Hurray. Today is National Pig Day. (What'da you mean you didn't know?)

This event is held here in the United States on March 1 to celebrate the pig.

This annual holiday event was started in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley, a teacher from Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of North Carolina. There is no evidence that this is a true "national" day, which would require an act of congress.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I hate winter.

I hate the cold.

I hate the icy sidewalks.

I hate having to do a penguin shuffle across my driveway and in the parking lot at work.

I hate the short daytime hours.

I hate the dreary color tones of brown from the lack of life in trees, shrubs and grass.

I hate the icicles hanging from my roof that are getting larger and larger.

I hate looking at my home and not being able to see my front porch (or even get to it because it has turned into another place to throw snow).

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bullying has become such a problem in schools that I've already started worrying about my granddaughter's school days. She begins kindergarten in September.

When I think back to how often I was bullied as a child, it made me realize that it wasn't always the other students who were the bullies. Sometimes it was the teachers who made me squirm, which is just another form of bullying.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Another day.

Another dollar.

Another casualty.

Though it comes as no surprise, the list of innocent victims whose lives are claimed by gun-related incidents continues to grow exponentially.

That's right: Gun-related incidents.

What I want to know is exactly how many lives have to be lost over gun-related incidents?

Now, I'm not blind to the fact that those who support the right to bear arms would assuredly argue that it is the perpetrators of the shootings that carry out the deeds, and not the guns themselves.

Point taken.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday.

Many of us are as excited about it for the ads as we are for the game itself. In fact, in some houses, you might find the bathrooms being flushed more during football action than during the commercials.

The cost of one 30-second ad for the Super Bowl tomorrow is an average of $4 million. So you know the advertisers are going to try to produce something memorable.