I think the best thing my own mother ever taught me was to be curious, to ask questions. She did it by example. Having been a teacher much of her life, she knew the value of asking the right q…

People have commented that all they read here are complaints about the things that are wrong with society, the education system, politics, current entertainment and even the media. What is the…

In 11 days we will celebrate what is to me the most important holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. Thankfully, Thanksgiving has not yet been commercialized like so many other holidays although s…

Have you ever heard someone say something like, “Oh, but he has a good heart?” My bet is that we have all heard that or something like it, or something like, “But he is doing the best he can,”…

This first: feelings and opinions are not facts. It makes no difference how many people feel a certain way or how many have an opinion about something, having opinions or feelings does not mak…

My wife, son and I moved into the farmhouse at the orchard when we moved back here in 1970. The house was old, having been built in 1856, and needed a lot of work, to make an understatement. I…

This may be the most difficult column I have written. At first glance it may look as though it goes against many things I have written in the past, and contradicts what I did for some 34 years…

I suppose a lot of people would refer to me as a “dinosaur.” Maybe because I don’t have an address or whatever it is on something called Facebook. Unlike our current president I don’t have a T…

Americans have been hearing lately about how we need to spend more money on what is jokingly referred to as “defense.” What that really means is we need to spend money paying billions more dol…

Apathy, “denotes a lack of responsiveness to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. It suggests a puzzling or deplorable inertness or lack of passion.” That is one of the de…

Most of the time people in any group have one of two ways of looking at themselves and the world around them. How they look oftentimes has a profound effect on their future and the future of t…

In 2010 a book authored by Charles Pierce came out with the title “Idiot America – How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.” Many people were entertained by the book; some were a…

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