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Keys to success

March 13, 2015 “Take your hands off it right now!” barked my mother. “And keep your hands off it!” “But—” I started. “No but anything, Bozo,” she sai. more »»

Keys to success

March 13, 2015 “Take your hands off it right now!” barked my mother. “And keep your hands off it!” “But—” I started. “No but anything, Bozo,” she sai. more »»

In for a Five and Dime, in for a Dollar

March 6, 2015 When I was a mere slip of a lad, in what’s now Sears there were two businesses. One was Woolworth’s, and the other was J.J. Newberry’s, and they both bastions of adventure. more »»

Sexuals in the city

February 27, 2015 As I get older, I get more confused. And the thing I’ve gotten most confused about is sex. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me say I’m not referring to the act itself. more »»

Brother Ron and my fiendish con

February 20, 2015 While not everyone loves golf, cowboy boots and Frank’s Hot Sauce, everyone loves a parade. Actually, to be more precise, everyone loves to watch a parade. more »»

Another lesson in the outdoor classroom

February 13, 2015 There I was on Saturday morning, about to enter the Ice Palace Fun Run for the umpteenth time. It was a matter of pride, I guess, since I’ve gone in every run since the first one, some 35 years a. more »»

The demon of the frozen oval looks back

February 6, 2015 I’m not sure exactly when it happened, except I was a wee tyke, but I know where and why it did. more »»

Sob story

January 30, 2015 Last week I wrote about my 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Dupree. The column focused on Mrs. Dupree’s classroom manner, which in one word was “calming. more »»

Wing nuts

January 23, 2015 To me, how airline companies work (or all too often, how they don’t) is as incomprehensible as the works of James Joyce. more »»

She who ruled least, ruled best

January 16, 2015 Earlier this week I found out my 11th grade English teacher had shuffled off this mortal coil. Her name was Mrs. more »»

The launching of a satellite … and a career

January 2, 2015 When I walk my dogs past the Petrova school, which I do several times a week, I’m always struck with some memory of my time there, which was from first through 12th grades. more »»

Out of my tree

December 19, 2014 If you don’t know who Nicol Chauvin was, don’t feel bad — almost no one does. more »»

Life by the book

December 12, 2014 All my life I’ve heard the “experts” state the number as if they really knew i. more »»

A horse — and man — of a different color

December 5, 2014 Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of America’s more complex and controversial figures. more »»

Going to the you-know-what

November 21, 2014 I’m a hopeless animal lover, with the emphasis on “hopeless.” And it’s obvious, what with my having three dogs and two cats. more »»

Setting the bar … and eating it too

November 14, 2014 If I had to score this Veterans Day like a sport’s score, I was one for two. On the loss side, there was the Elks Club’s Veterans’ Dinner. I missed it. more »»

The boys (and girl) in the hood

November 7, 2014 For a few of my pre-teen years, my favorite TV program was “The Adventures of Robin Hood. more »»


October 31, 2014 Nineteen-sixty-seven, when I was 20, was the last time I understood everything. I knew history, politics and law. The mystery of the pyramids was no mystery at all. more »»

Monumental adventure

October 24, 2014 One of my favorite places for adventure is cemeteries. As far as I’m concerned, they have it all. There’s peace and quiet, history and nostalgia, self-reflection and object lesson, and much mor. more »»

The oddball and the odds

October 17, 2014 When I was in boot camp, we went to classes all day, every day. Now that I’m retired, I remember only one of them — the Abandon Ship clas. more »»



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