Category: Americana

  • I Love Pink Balls and I Cannot Lie

    I Love Pink Balls and I Cannot Lie

    Allow me to be more specific.  I love pink GOLF balls.  Especially the pink florescent golf balls given to me by my granddaughter. For you non-golfers out there, golf balls come in a variety of colors with white being the dominant color by far.  Unless you are playing in the snow, then you have bigger […]

  • Conversations With A Four-Year-Old

    Life is full of tears, fears, and cheers.  Hopefully, it is also punctuated with moments of sheer laughter.  This post has but one purpose — to put a smile on your face and inspire you to take notes when in conversation with any four-year-olds who inhabit your universe. One of life’s fundamental realities is that […]

  • Navigating the January Darkness

    Navigating the January Darkness

    While there is great debate about when you take down the Christmas decorations, lights, and tree, there is almost universal agreement that once the decorations are put away, the once brightly decorated home takes on the appearance of a barren moonscape. It’s actually rather depressing. The post-holiday home seems empty, dark, and sterile. Christmas and […]

  • The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    World War II history buffs recall the British retreat at Dunkirk.  Backed against the sea, the British miraculously evacuated most of their forces despite being cornered by the unstoppable German war machine. This Allied defeat actually saved the British, French, and Belgian forces to fight another day and ultimately win the war. But did you […]

  • Female Reindeer?

    We had our now traditional Christmas Eve Eve Family Gathering yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the blessings of being together with sons and daughters and spouses and GRANDKIDS!!!!!  The joys of Christmas are magnified when celebrated with family. And, as usually happens when this clan gathers, memories are made, and stories are created for future Christmas […]

  • Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid

    Growing up, Kool-Aid was a welcome refreshment on hot summer afternoons. Television commercials touted this 1950s version of an energy drink for the fun it provided, the ease of mixing it, and its mom-loving low cost. Years later, I realized the sugar content of all soft drinks, including Kool-Aid, served as a shortcut to the […]

  • The Sacrifice of Freedom for Order

    The Sacrifice of Freedom for Order

    What do a 1980s evangelist, an Imperial Officer of the Galactic Empire, and the current Bishop of Los Angeles have in common? I connected those dots recently when three of my grandsons spent a weekend with us.  As we continued watching the Star Wars spinoff series called  The Mandalorian, the “aha” moment occurred during a […]

  • We Saved A Hummingbird Today

    We Saved A Hummingbird Today

    We saved a hummingbird today.   By we, I mean my grandson Luke and I.  Walking into the garage this morning, Luke spotted the ailing bird standing frozen upon the garage floor.  Sadly, it’s a sight we have seen before.  Hummingbirds, for some reason, are attracted to our garage, and once inside, they cannot find […]

  • Are You Dying To Have Sex?

    Sex is no big deal, they say.  Everybody’s doing it, they say.  If it feels good, do it, they say.  It makes me wonder who exactly “they” are? This reminds me of a conversation I had with a colleague before he retired.  He and his wife had just bought a home in a large retirement […]

  • 3 + 200 = 92

    After writing my grandmother’s memoirs in the late 1990s, I realized I should start sharing my own stories and personal reflections.  A growing number of friends and family agreed as requests to be included in my email list continued to grow, if for no other reason than curiosity as to what “that fool will write […]