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Opinions

A lesson in mob psychology

Food For Thought

All the fuss about perhaps banning Muslims from entering the United States reminds me far too much of the prejudices against Germans, Japanese and Italians during WWII. As it turned out, it was the Japanese who suffered the most, being more or less ostracized and confined in detention camps. There were probably a number of reasons for this, including the fact most Americans blamed the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor for America getting involved in the war in the first place. After the Allies had pretty much settled things in Europe, the Japanese still persisted.

Swerving to the right

My first car was a very used Ford Falcon.
The year was 1968. Vietnam was in full swing; Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy had both been shot and killed; bras and college buildings were burning; and Apollo 8 orbited the moon. Rising in my near future was the dream of so many: my first set of wheels.

Wanted; sometime next year

Food For Thought

I try not to make New Year’s resolutions, or any other type of resolution, if I can possibly avoid it. The reason: I know I won’t keep them, so why set myself up to feel guilty? I’ve come up with a better idea; make resolutions I’d like to see other people make. I must confess most of these “by proxy” resolutions arise from things that annoy me, but that’s as good a reason as any. One of the biggies, that has been bugging me in recent months, is the increasing use of initials everywhere.

Last minute packages

Food For Thought

All the grandiose promises the big-box stores and the Internet shopping sites make regarding guaranteed delivery right up to Christmas day remind me of the packages that used to come to our house just before Christmas when I was a kid. In those days, the mail was delivered twice a day, Monday through Friday, and once on Saturday. The Parcel Post began delivering packages as soon as they had arrived on the train, been sorted and loaded onto the van.

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.