Category: Family life

Traditions-Memorial Day Weekend

I was raised in a household of veterans, spanning multiple generations, every branch of service, and many fields of combat. Memorial Day was always a day for traveling to the cemeteries, cleaning up the grave sites, and placing the flags for all of those who had passed. I can remember the history of my country... Read more »

A Front Row Report on the "Success" of ACA (Obamacare)

Many folks have already discovered that the ACA is not the great solution to healthcare woes in America. Usually, this revelation comes when there is a medical emergency that requires attention. Where we used to call doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals to see if our insurance was welcome, now when you call those facilities, they... Read more »

Judgement: What's in Your Wallet?

Profiling… isn’t just a racial thing any longer. I don’t think that anyone stops to realize that any assumptions made without hard evidence would constitute profiling. Profiling is another word for stereotyping and involves a limited amount of actual data from which all manner of things are inferred. Perhaps if we all stopped jumping to... Read more »

Without a Whimper

Another holiday season is past, and we all hunker down for the vicious (maybe) jokes of Mother Nature. It is January, and hibernation time. The focus is on watching football contests in warmer climates and sunny stadiums. It is a great excuse to make and eat vast quantities of chili and chips. What is truly... Read more »

Good News? Bad News? : A Parent Struggle

Feeling somewhat schizophrenic. Excited. Elated. Apprehensive. Concerned. And what is the reason behind all these conflicting emotions? My fifteen year old daughter. Rotary International recently did a presentation at her high school regarding the overseas student exchange program. My daughter came home from school over the moon. Her first contact is Dad, who basically deflates... Read more »

An Era Past: Rethinking Halloween

Kids look forward to Halloween, to dressing up as their favorite monster or super hero or pop star. As I am officially older than dirt, I have seen my share of Halloween nights, both good and bad, and I have watched the holiday evolve, or perhaps regress. In any event, the pure fun of dressing... Read more »

In Defense of Playground Justice

I would never in a million years condone persecution of any child. Heck, I am a parent, and a parent that has had to deal with the bumps, bruises, tears, and fears of a child, who on a particular day, or during a given school year, is not included in the popular elite. If you... Read more »

Economic Fantasy

Recently, the news has been filled with the furor over minimum wage and people being unable to support themselves on minimum wage. This really isn’t news. At no time, that I can ever recall, (and my kids assure me that I am older than dirt), has anyone ever been able to live on minimum wage.... Read more »

Is Anybody Else Irked?

Admittedly, our family has not been eating out very frequently, because it simply isn’t in the budget. Usually a treat is a trip to Steak “n” Shake, with coupons, of course. However, this week was my birthday, and my daughter and I planned a special lunch together. After a great deal of discussion, we decided... Read more »

Exactly What is Going on in School

We all remember Health Class. Cue the collective groans, along with a few snickers and giggles. I remember some of the highlights vividly. Please jump right in if this sets off bells and whistles in your memory banks. Who could forget the fabulous videos of gruesome car wrecks, many of which were rerun for your... Read more »