My Memorial Day

Note: We have a guest taking my place today. My mom. Mom returned last Thursday from a trip to England, which included a visit to the airfield where her father served in World War II. Her remembrances are included in today’s Is It Just Me?   Matt Smith collected us at the Kettering train station two…

Pranks for the memories

The giggles hit me the other day for no particular reason. A memory from what must have been the ninth grade tickled me as I recalled a classmate who painted his face (like an Indian readying for all-out war) with his own blood from a minor playground injury while our teacher taught at the front of the

Mother's Day: Let's treat mom flamboyantly

Mother’s Day in America turned 101 this year. You would think someone would have had the good sense to stop counting at 39 and continuing the observance unfettered with needless details.

Life for dummies?

Do you remember all those books that came out with advice on everything from “Windows For Dummies” to “Sushi For Dummies?” How many dummies could possibly be out there? Wouldn’t “Sushi For Dummies” be a restaurant that serves sushi? What does all this dummy-dom say about our society? Could

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My Memorial Day

Note: We have a guest taking my place today. My mom. Mom returned last Thursday from a trip to England,…

23 May 2015 [11:22 PM]
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Pranks for the memories

The giggles hit me the other day for no particular reason. A memory from what must have been the ninth grade tickled…

16 May 2015 [10:35 PM]
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Life for dummies?

Do you remember all those books that came out with advice on everything from “Windows For Dummies” to “Sushi For…

02 May 2015 [11:49 PM]
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Time warp again?

I was just a young lad around 12 picking dewberries down in the creek bed where Turtle Creek Drive is now. That’s…

26 April 2015 [12:08 AM]
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Proverbs of the World

A dear friend went on a trip to Italy recently and returned with some excellent reports on cuisine and culture. He, like…

18 April 2015 [11:05 PM]
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Scumbag scammers

“Nelson, you’ve just got to warn people about this,” the dear lady said on the phone late Friday afternoon. So I will.…

11 April 2015 [09:51 PM]
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An Easter Prayer

Thank You for giving me life, Bless my enemies and those I love, Give me the courage to live for You rather…

04 April 2015 [10:12 PM]
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Live and let live, or food for thought

Nelson, stop being ridiculous!” my mom said. “But mom it’s really good,” I protested. “I don’t want to hear another word about…

21 March 2015 [11:13 PM]
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Is it just me? A lot of baloney

In the past week, we had a lengthy discussion of what things in this life are better or worse than they once…

28 February 2015 [10:45 PM]
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Our changing world

Let’s get right to it shall we? Not what it/they used to be: Relationships with real humans Long distance First class airline…

21 February 2015 [11:02 PM]
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Beatlemania and the new world

We had a conversation on Christmas day last year about music. It turned out to be an anthropological survey in the decline…

14 February 2015 [10:22 PM]
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The thing about vision

It’s hard to remember when certain things visit you. For example, probably about four years ago it became necessary for me to…

07 February 2015 [10:46 PM]
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My grandfather and my hero

Last week my grandfather, O.L. “Buddy” Ferrell, died at the age of 92. He was my hero. My memories of him have…

31 January 2015 [10:48 PM]
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Cuban Chocolate Crisis?

It seems Chocoholic is the consensus name for those addicted to the stuff. Several responses came in last week about the possibility…

24 January 2015 [10:44 PM]
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A crisis everyone can embrace

Last Friday an editorial appeared in this newspaper warning of a chocolate shortage. What’s that you say? Yes, a chocolate shortage. The…

17 January 2015 [09:03 PM]
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Pardon, your Cilantro is showing

Something happened Friday that took me back to my days in the library of my elementary school. It is too difficult to…

10 January 2015 [09:38 PM]
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Embracing the new year

For several years my new year has included a theme in addition to a variety of goals, lists and objectives. Last year,…

03 January 2015 [08:12 PM]
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Chloe needs a good lawyer

What was your favorite Christmas present this year? Or your least favorite? Don’t answer the latter lest it get caught on “tape”…

27 December 2014 [08:24 PM]
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The thing about lists

Much talk takes place this time of year about the making of lists. Most of you are probably thinking about Christmas lists.…

20 December 2014 [08:17 PM]
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Shopping 'til you drop

Well, last week I lamented my Christmas angst and asked if anyone else out there ran into the same old issues at…

13 December 2014 [07:35 PM]
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My Christmas angst

It is the holiday everyone loves to hate. Yes, I’m talking Christmas. What’s there to hate about Christmas, you ask? Well it…

06 December 2014 [09:05 PM]
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Too much information

A friend was telling me about his family gathering this Thanksgiving. He spent the day at his grandparents and they ate a…

29 November 2014 [09:26 PM]
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