Friday, December 9, 2016

Where We Live

Saturday, May 17, 2014

One ringy dingy…two ringy dingy. Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?

These lines were made famous by Lily Tomlin when she starred on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in 1970.

Her character was named Ernestine. She portrayed a nosy, condescending telephone operator who sported a 1940s hairstyle complete with a hair net.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


O say can you see by the dawn's early light.

Ever since growing up on military bases up and down the East Coast these words have had a certain effect on me.

I can still remember evenings as a child of 4 or 5 years old playing with my friends in the playground of Fort Fisher Air Force base in North Carolina and hearing the bugle blare letting us know that the "Lowering of the Colors" was about to begin and the "Star Spangled Banner" would be playing. We would all stop, face the flag and be quiet.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Our world is made up of all types of warriors.

Take a moment to look around, as chances are you could be in the presence of one right at this very moment.

According to, a warrior is defined as a person engaged or experienced in warfare, such as a soldier.

However, an individual doesn't necessarily have to fight in a war to be considered a warrior.

For the purposes of this column, I'd like to focus on the second meaning of the word as listed on the aforementioned website.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back when I was growing up many moons ago, virtually every town had a photo store or photo studio.

You would go there for portraits. Businesses would call them for LCB (Liquor Control Board) photos. Lawyers would use their services to take photos of everything from liability cases to bodily injury suits to damage cases.

Young photographers would learn their trade by hanging out, learning the techniques for taking good pictures and utilizing their equipment to learn all about developing film and printing the pictures.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Dear Logan,

Today marks the one year anniversary that you came into this world; and it has been the most joyful, exhausting, scariest, funniest, fulfilling year of our lives.

We're so glad God handpicked you to come and bless us with your life. You are perfect in every way possible, and we are so thankful for this opportunity to call you our son.

We love you, our beautiful little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy, a perfect blend of our love.

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."