Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Know When To Hold

The recent commemorations of D-Day have sparked my reflections. With this final day of June 2019, my thoughts center on my father-in-law (FIL) whose birthday it is. He was born in 1921. I've mentioned him in several previous posts, most recently here. Born in Kansas, the second child of Fred and Georgia, Max learned early… Continue reading Know When To Hold

Culture, Humor, Living, Poetry

Jumping the Cactus

No matter how often I've seen it, this 2017 Progressive Insurance commercial always makes me laugh. I'm reminded what the commercial says about human nature. More to the point, it demonstrates the human propensity to ignore the old adage:  speak less, listen hard. When someone mentions taking the kids to soccer practice and you're willing… Continue reading Jumping the Cactus

Abortion, Brave New World, Culture, Family, Films, Rants & Opinions

Survivors All

Our culture reveres survivors ... and rightly so! The stories of concentration camp and holocaust survivors so stir our emotions, we often see these stories turned into movies. The Diary of Anne Frank was produced multiple times. I'm surprised The Hiding Place (from 1975) hasn't been remade. In 2014, Unbroken was produced and directed by actress Angelina Jolie who deemed… Continue reading Survivors All

Blogging, Culture, Dying, Goodbyes, Living, Rants & Opinions

My Days Are Numbered

Given the bleak title, people may automatically expect to read a wretched tale announcing I've contracted a dreadful (probably incurable) illness. Not so for this post, though there's no avoiding the truth:  my days are numbered. Frankly, so are yours. Though we try to forget it, we are all mortal. As 2016 wound down and the obits… Continue reading My Days Are Numbered

Culture, Family, Grandchildren, History, Living, Love & Marriage, Rants & Opinions

Between Friends

Friends don't let friends drive drunk. You've probably heard a version of this message from the Ad Council, a gentle caution for drivers and passengers alike. I've decided a similar message should apply with respect to social media. Maybe something like this:  Friends don't let friends contrive junk. I know, I know! It's clunky and doesn't roll off the… Continue reading Between Friends

Culture, Family, Fiction, Grandchildren

The Big House

On separate occasions over the last couple weeks, two of my grandchildren have asserted:  "My house is bigger than yours." Perhaps this is a twenty-first century equivalent to the claim from my era:  my dad is stronger than your dad! When the five-year old initially made the statement, I gently disagreed with him. "Yes, you live in a big house, but not as… Continue reading The Big House

Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Endowed By Our Creator

Today, we celebrate Independence Day, the official 239th birthday of our country, memorialized at the top of our Declaration of Independence. In our family, we also commemorate this day as the 73rd wedding anniversary of my Beloved's parents. With grateful hearts and thankfulness to God, we salute both my in-laws' union and the historic beginnings of our United States.

Abortion, Brave New World, Christianity, Culture, History, Living, Poetry, Religion

Supreme Poetaster

Here's a word that doesn't get much use these days: Poetaster. One of the memorable ways to define this word – as well as to remember its pronunciation – is to take the word Poet, marry to it the last two syllables of disaster, and you have Poetaster. A Poetaster is simply "an inferior poet, a writer… Continue reading Supreme Poetaster

Culture, Family, Genealogy, History

Image Is Everything

As a genealogy enthusiast, I find the stories of other people (even unrelated) almost as fascinating as the stories I've learned about my own ancestors. When the television series Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA?) began in 2010, I thought it was a show I'd enjoy. As a subscriber of Ancestry.com, I figured I might even… Continue reading Image Is Everything

Books, Culture, Fiction, Films, History, Movies

Southern Romantic

A couple days ago, I posted in this space about the suggestion by a film critic and New York Post columnist to banish one of my favorite all-time books, Gone With the Wind, arguing it was one more remnant of racist history. Seventy-nine years ago today, GWTW debuted on bookstands. The author, Margaret Mitchell, hoped the book would sell 5,000… Continue reading Southern Romantic