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Please, Mr. Editor, can’t you find someone a bit more moderate, fair minded and respected across the political spectrum than Ann Coulter to feature on your op-ed page, someone like David Brooks for example? more
Stay down
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I remember watching Mike Tyson's boxing matches on TV in high school. He didn't just box. He hurt people. I remember watching one match where Tyson hit another boxer hard, and he went down. Then, he got up again, and Tyson knocked him back down. more
Some 21 months before the 2024 election, the Democrats seem decided on renominating Joe Biden for the White House. But this apparent resolution contains the unsettling air of a party that is settling for something it would prefer were not the case.   more
Family meals are important
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Would you like to feel more connected to your family? Kansas State University Nutrition Specialist Sandy Procter says parents are serving up a lot more than nutritious food when they insist that their families eat meals together. more
Mark your calendars!
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Daylight hours are increasing, flowers are pushing up through the ground, if not actually blooming (I’ve had jonquils out for a week now!), the sounds of children playing outside once again echo throughout the neighborhood; they all announce the same thing — spring is just around the corner. more
Just two weeks till success and happiness
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You might be looking for the “six simple rules” version, but the truth is that success isn't so simple. But in the interest of brevity, here are two simple rules that will at least get you pointed in the right direction.  more
What to do with all that ash?
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Heating your home with wood is not only environmentally efficient, but can be a lot cheaper too. Personally, my home is all electric heating, but since we put in an outdoor wood burner last fall, it looks like we are saving over $200 a month. However, there is one part of heating your home with wood…what to do with all that ash? more
Communing with my grandfathers
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I want to make a wooden chair from two-by-fours, and I’ve started.   I can see it in my head. Getting from that mental picture and some eight foot long two by fours to the chairs is the task at hand.  more
President’s Day
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Last week I wrote on the topic of “Caring” and the ripple effect decisions can have from just one person or event and that such a decision can affect several people or events for years and even centuries to come.  Since we have just celebrated “President’s Day” this week, I am going to use our presidents as examples of how some of their decisions continue to affect us today.  more
The mysticism of real change
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"Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics." That's a quote from Charles Peguy, a French poet, who died in World War I. Reflecting on his thinking, author Robert Royal recently explained on his website The Catholic Thing: "What he meant is that every powerful movement begins as a spiritual force, and then is 'incarnated' in concrete action."   more
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