Do you have the courage to be a "red hen?"

Do you have the courage to be  a "red hen?"
This is not sarcasm. There is no hidden meaning. I think a brave action was taken by Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen Restaurant, Lexington VA, for asking Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, Trump press secretary, to leave her establishment. Brave, why? Because she had the courage of her convictions and the convictions of her employees, who... Read more »

How do you see yourself? How does it make you act?

How do you see yourself?  How does it make you act?
We all put our pants on one leg at a time, so the saying goes. Then we go about our daily routines.  Taken on the mean, we all do essentially the same things each day. The occupational pursuits may be different, but the basics are the same: we drink; we eat; we eliminate; we sleep. When... Read more »

Pit Stop & Coffee -- a business solution to bathroom lockouts

Pit Stop & Coffee  --  a business solution to bathroom lockouts
Nobody will be surprised at the latest in coffee houses, especially with the big dust-up about two black guys who insisted on waiting around a bit at a Starbucks before they peed and then got tossed out for waiting and peeing. America’s entrepreneurial spirit has found a solution that is race free, bias-free, hate free –but... Read more »
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Do you live next to a boarded-up house?

Do you live next to a boarded-up house?
Chicago has many abandoned houses, especially on the west and south sides.  The houses range from simple raised ranches and traditional Chicago bungalows and brownstones to even older stock such as Victorian-era dowagers in Englewood and Kenwood and West Pullman and Roseland. Every house tells a story.  For some of these houses, the story starts... Read more »

Can you mail that check to me?

Can you mail that check to me?
Despite many different ways to transact business today electronically, I still occasionally get this request: “Can you mail a check to me?” My answer is, “no”. I don’t have checks anymore.  My last box ran out about two years ago.  I’m not going to reorder and pay for something I barely use so I can... Read more »

Have you seen "Trust Jesus" lately?

Have you seen  "Trust Jesus"  lately?
   For years someone spray painted “Trust Jesus” on the overpasses in Chicago and the Midwest.  Who was it?         I-80 is a long and lonely stretch of road, cutting east and west across the United States.  That is where I first encountered my own personal “Trust Jesus”. Every so often it... Read more »
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Does Land Ground You?

Does Land Ground You?
Not long ago many of us lived in small towns. Or we came from the farms around those towns. We are one or maybe two generations removed from that small-town life.  It is the same small town life popularized in the early 20th Century by Sinclair Lewis, in novels such as Main Street and Babbit. ... Read more »

Do you care about your lawn?

Do you care about your lawn?
It’s out there as I write. It is beckoning for me to go out to do something with it. hissing at me. I refuse. I will not let my lawn be the boss of me. My lawn is small.  It takes about fifteen minutes to cut it.  I rarely edge it.  My lawn is not... Read more »

Big or Small: How do you like your grocery store?

Big or Small: How do you like your grocery store?
I’m not going to start this post with “when I was a kid”…. So… when I was a kid, grocery stores were magical places, usually because of the “electric eye” that opened and closed the doors.  I used to torture the one at the High- Low Store on South Western Avenue, running in and then... Read more »
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Do you live in a purple house?

Do you live in a purple house?
Some believe the United States is a melting pot — of ideas and religions and cultures. Some believe that the country is irrevocably divided along ideological lines never to come together again. There seems to be less and less common ground nationally, in our respective states and locally.  One can argue endlessly about the differences ... Read more »