Flag Day is a forgotten holiday

On the calendar tomorrow is one of several what I call “forgotten holidays” rather tepidly observed each year by our culture. Thanksgiving is one of those. Oh yes, we take the day off for family, feasting and football, but for the most part Thanksgiving seems to get lost in the middle between the totally overblown […]

Winter, the season we all love to hate

Every year when that first bitter cold comes, I ask myself why I choose to live where the air literally hurts my face. I’m not talking about the first 30-degree day either. I mean that true first bitter day where you can feel the cold cut through every bone in your body. Living in South […]

‘Stranger Things’ in these strange times

It seems like it wasn’t long ago that I got my first bike. My skinny, little legs carried me all over town, up and down hills, across busy streets and down abandoned alleyways. Our world has changed and so have I. In 1983, I was 6 years old. Now I’m 40 years old. In 1983, […]

Time to welcome President Trump

In this current political climate, it’s sometimes easy to forget that at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team. After one of the more, if not the, most divisive and nasty presidential campaigns in our country’s history, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States Friday. Trump defied long […]

Hunting on the decline in America

I recently finished the book “Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter” by Steven Rinella. Early on in the book Steven mentions that hunters make up about 5 percent of the population. That number seems low and that bothers me. Hunting is a valuable and visceral experience. It connects us with our […]

The World Series almost killed me

For three quarters of my life, I have been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. I began following them in the early 1990s, around the time Eric Karros won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, the first of five straight Rookie of the Year awards the team would win, including my all-time favorite Dodger, Mike Piazza, […]

Newsprint tariffs lifted; should never have happened

Last Wednesday the five appointed members of the International Trade Commission voted 5-0 against imposing permanent tariffs on Canadian newsprint brought into our country....

I think I’ll be younger

Charley is fond of asking people if they didn’t know how old they were, how old would they be. Are you really as old as you feel? There may be some truth to that. In fact, I’ve decided to be younger. Think it can’t be done? According to Lynne McTaggart and Bryan Hubbard, editors of […]

What’s Christmas without controversy?

It’s Christmas, and that always means two things—people spending way too much money on presents people don’t need, and professional malcontents going out of their way to be offended by something generally regarded as innocuous by sane people. This year’s offense de jour? The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Everyone has heard the song a […]

Sugar, sugar, sugar

Everyone likes sugar. But sugar is bad. It’s kind of a problem. There are so many forms of sugar, it’s hard to keep track of how much we’re actually eating. And, let’s face it, it just tastes good. For some people, it can be as bad or worse than any addictive drug. We all know […]

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