Their journeys led them to write

Their journeys led them to write

Recently, two locals and I communicated about the books they recently published. One, Jim DuFrense is a veteran writer of travel books; the other Ann Margaret Johns is a newbie to the publishing world. Jim likes to hike and be out on the trails, this love has led him to publish 20 books. Ann’s journey […]

The struggle is real when you live alone.

The struggle is real when you live alone.

The conversation started innocently enough. A person advertising with us wanted to know if her ad was “too risque.” Ever the eavesdropping kind of guy, I listened as our ad rep hemmed and hawed trying to answer. When the conversation was completed and the phone connection terminated, I asked what all the hubbub was. The […]

Woodshop, not Home Ec, saved Don’s bacon

Woodshop, not Home Ec, saved Don’s bacon

I reckon after all these years I can finaly get off my chest a secret I have harbored. It’s time. Time to unburden myself, to become guilt free after decades of deceit and living in silent shame. Lo’ these many years have I been your guiding light, dear readers, your seeker of truth, justice and […]

Shhh! Your Fashion Guru is speaking.

Shhh! Your Fashion Guru is speaking.

It’s fall-ish. I love fall. Well, most falls. This fall is kinda’ sucky. My body is ready for cool fall days, crisp, clear fall nights. The other month when it was 39 degrees in the morning, I loved it. I already have my dress sweater vests (yes, plural) ready for wearing. Alas, it is near […]

Meanwhile, back at the sick ward . . .

Meanwhile, back at the sick ward . . .

As I sit here at my desk, typing up another “gem” of a Don’t Rush Me column, I looked down to see my roll of nose-blowin’, snot-clearing’ TP has been depleted. It’s been there on my desk for a few years. This week my nose killed it. * * * Like most folks, I do […]

If the bedbugs bite, bite ‘em back.

If the bedbugs bite, bite ‘em back.

Last week, I saw a post on social media from a mom asking what had bitten her (I think young teen) son. She also posted some pictures of all the bites. Poor kid. Folks offered their opinions: go to the doctor, it’s spiders, ‘skeeters and — gulp — bedbugs. I do not know the outcome […]

Adieu, Doubting Thomas, adieu

Adieu, Doubting Thomas, adieu

Up until, oh, about 17 years ago, I was that guy who really had no use for felines. Not saying I was a cat hater, or an Ailurophobe. No, just the quintessential, all-American dog lover. Dogs, dogs, dogs, dogs — had dogs since before I was one. Grew up with them. There was Teddy, Lady, […]

‘Big Jer’ answers my call on phone scammers

‘Big Jer’ answers my call on phone scammers

So, as a highly paid and influential member of our local community I get hit up a lot. Locals “friend” me on social media (I think I actually know about 30 of my almost 800 Facebook “friends”), send private messages, pictures, jokes, e-mails, cards, and letters. You all send tons of questions, answers to my […]

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