Posts in category "Side Journeys"

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 »

Random Ironies

George Carlin did a famous sketch about oxymorons. He brought to our attention the true ridiculousness of “jumbo shrimp”. The tendency to oxymoron did not end with the passing of George Carlin, nor does it apply exclusively to a combination of seemingly dissimilar words. There are many oxymoronic examples in our daily life, and as... Read more »

Just Plain Angry!!!!!!

Everyone has something to say about gun violence and gun control. Popular theory is that removal of all guns is the solution. Sorry to break it to you, but humanity found inhumane ways to do harm to one another long before gun powder was invented by the Chinese and eons before Smith and Wesson teamed... 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 »

Out on a Limb-Literally

I see you, carefully honing the axe, sharpening the saw, oiling the chain….And I know that I am way out on that limb, but I simply cannot sit back any longer. Whenever anyone, politician or civilian, suggests that there are universal and absolute rules in society, things like not murdering your neighbor….well, it seems that... Read more »

Can't Have It Both Ways....One, or the Other

For all of us trying to make sense of the irrational, the violence, the mass killings, quite frankly, there is no sense, no rhyme or reason. A common complaint suggests that our government fails those in this country who suffer from mental illness. Based upon political correct speak, while I shudder to contemplate actually defending... Read more »

No News is "Good News"......Particularly in America

There have been a lot of horrible, negative events happening in our world, in our country, and in our own backyard. Nobody is denying that, but perhaps one of the reasons that people are so angry and so lacking in hope for the future might have roots in the way our news is delivered. While... Read more »

I Guess I Resemble that Remark

Strange thing! Until recently, I had no desire to own a firearm. None whatsoever! But that doesn’t mean that I have ever sought to take that right away from others. And before anyone suggests that my attitude is the result of being unaffected by gun violence, let me assure you that is not the case.... Read more »

The Lowest of the Low: Scoring Political Points off Somebody's Tragedy

Events in Oregon this past week were every family’s nightmare. There is no denying that senseless deaths are incomprehensible to average people. Analyzing it incessantly is not going to restore lives lost, and probably prevents those most closely affected by tragedy from processing a surreal event and working through the necessary stages of grief. My... 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 »