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Opinions

Christmas program memories

Walkin'

The children’s Christmas program at our church was an unexpected and delightful surprise this holiday season, bringing back a flood of memories.
Reluctantly compliant describes my attitude as a child when it came to religious duties. Given my druthers, I’d stay home and watch re-runs of “Flash Gordon” through to the end. But, Mom never asked for my input. Flash would be on the verge of fighting the giant Octosak, in a chamber filling with water, and the call came: time to go. And believe me, when Mom said it was time to go, it was time to go. Flash would have to make it without me.

Re-viewing the reruns

Food For Thought

For anyone who is not a dedicated spectator-sports fan, weekend television is rapidly becoming a numbing ordeal. There is little to choose from unless you’re an avid football fan and not necessarily fussy about what teams, college or professional, are being broadcast on any particular Saturday or Sunday.

Good things

Walkin'

It was a good thing the stairs leading up to my Main Street apartment in Solon were extra wide, because during the decade I lived there many large objects including a piano, a heavy hide-a-bed sofa, an oversized couch and a series of 12-foot tall Christmas trees got moved up the steps.

Holidays

Food For Thought

We generally refer to this time of year, roughly the period including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, as “the holidays.” My dictionary defines the word itself as: absence, celebration, day off, interim, pause and vacation. My thesaurus gives a mind-boggling list of well over a hundred official holidays worldwide, many of which are unknown to most people. Some of those are regional or state holidays which, I suppose, are or were, at one time, important to the people who live there, but I wonder just how many of them are still significant enough to be celebrated annually.

Surviving the zombie apocalypse

Walkin'

If I kept all the cash selling marijuana to the jet set, I’d have filled several closets with hundred dollar bills.
But, I was smarter than your average bear and I invested it wisely.

Thoughts about Christmas

Food For Thought

Sometimes, I revisit an opinion or observation in a column to revise or bring it more up to date. This week, however, I am pretty much repeating a column from 10 years ago, because it says something nearly all of us need to be reminded of. I’m not doing this because I’m too lazy to write a new column, but because I truly feel it’s important and I’m doing it far enough ahead of Christmas so, just maybe, you will have time to think about it and, I hope, do something about it.

Confession of a pot seller*

Walkin'

I sold the newspapers in 2000 but kept my shoulder to the grindstone for another dozen years. First, I went to college at the age of 48. After graduating, I tried part-time and substitute teaching for five years. Then Orange Hat Mowing was formed and I cut grass part-time as my own boss for a few summers. In between, I also did a little ESL teaching. By 2014, I was completely retired from everything except for my pot growing business. Instead of cutting grass I decided to grow it.

Insanity or obsession?

Food For Thought

It’s been said that insanity is repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein, who probably didn’t do a lot of housework, without a doubt was referring to some complicated mathematical theory that didn’t work out, but I believe that statement to be true of a lot of the futile things people do– including most of the chores involved in keeping a house clean and orderly.

Good Morning Mama

Walkin'

I’m in Indianapolis this week.
Hannah, my youngest daughter, and her son Julian (J) moved here about two years ago. Hannah found a job as an environmental engineer and Julian, now 12, is in the seventh grade and doing well. Hannah is off to a conference in D.C. on building green, so I’m the DB, designated babysitter, although who should be watching who is debatable.

Giving thanks

Food For Thought

You sneeze; “Gesundheit,” says your friend. You say, “Thanks.” The waitress deposits your hamburger and fries on the table. “Thanks,” you murmur, reaching for the ketchup. The check-out girl tells you to have a nice day. You mutter something that sounds like, “thanks,” even though you know she doesn’t care because she’s busy asking the next person in line if they found everything okay. Most of us say “thanks” several times every day. Dozens of times in a month. Hundreds of times during the year. That doesn’t mean we’re grateful; it simply means that we’re polite.

Riverview Park

Going to Riverview was a big deal.
In the late 1800s, the area was used as a shooting range by a group of German immigrants who fought in the Austro-Prussian War, AKA the Seven Weeks’ War. Germans fought on either side of that quick but brutal conflict over real estate. By the early 1900s, however, the old guard died off and the new guard decided to turn it into a park, and then an amusement park.

Strange gifts indeed

Food For Thought

You hear the expression quite often, in regard to just about anything; “I have a God-given right to...”
To drive a car. To own a gun. To carry a gun. To shoot anybody who annoys me beyond endurance? Mankind has been interpreting, and sometimes attempting to dictate, what God does, wants, grants us, since we first suspected there might be some greater power than ourselves, and we still haven’t any clear evidence that we’re right. At best, we can only suppose that bad results from our actions are signs that we probably acted unwisely.