I have far too much time these days to just sit and think (actually sometimes I just sit), and among things about which I think are what I call “WTH” stuff. This being a family newspapers, my focus in on “Why the Heck” would anyone think that’s a good idea?
It’s a proven fact by movies and TV dramas that the first thing that must be done if a birth is imminent is the boiling of lots of water. This concerns me because I have never seen any evidence of water being boiled during hospital or home births. Nor have I ever seen the boiled water being …
Thanks to Luann Reed of White Cloud for her kind words about my column on Native Americans left out of entertainment awards. Tons of “we better include African Americans or we’ll get criticized again” recognition this year, and about time. And maybe there weren’t any films featuring Native A…
Well, the Oscars are coming up again, and I’m wondering if “diversity” will be an issue again. Certainly it wasn’t an issue at the Golden Globes, at least not for African Americans.
As the new year approaches, I reflect back on the year that just passed. Two things come to mind — it was the worst election year in my voting history; and while I always knew that some day I’d get old, I thought it would take longer. Up until now, however, this is the oldest I’ve ever been.
I said I wouldn’t, but like a bird with a snake, I watched the third “presidential debate” with fascinated horror. There was nothing presidential about it, and no debate. So much for that. I’ve also said many times that I’d never watch a mud-wrestling contest. So much for that.
Each day as I watch the 6 o’clock news I reflect again on how fortunate I am to have been who and what and where I am. Well, to tell you the truth, each day when I wake up I reflect on how fortunate I am to wake up. Don’t preach to me about The Golden Years. The Golden Years pretty much suck…
I’ve watched or read all the news about the earthquake last Saturday centered near Pawnee, Okla., and felt by many in Northeast Kansas, among other places. The news stories tell of damages to Pawnee buildings, but report no injuries. I beg to differ.
No. 1: The reasons I’ve been told people buy AR-15 or AK-47 guns include target practice and hunting. Really? Well it’s my opinion (and you know how I love my opinions) that if you need the speed and fire-power of one of these weapons to hit a defenseless animal or a stationary target, you p…
I’ve been pretty much reporting news and writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines since I was about 19, and trust me — that’s a long, long time. I have no journalism degree, just a desire to write and, I like to think, some creativity.
According to the state of Kansas, I do not exist. Years of looking by staff a the Bureau of Statistics in Topeka confirms that my four elder siblings were born and duly recorded; however, there is no record of my birth.
Browsing through some of my E. W. Howe books, I came across another of the Globe founder’s examples of what seems to be looking into the future. It states simply that “Nations go armed; but citizens must not.” I don’t if I agree or not — I’ve been a gun owner and a hunter — but there are a l…
Those who know me are aware that unlike Slinkys, shooting biscuit tins and spiders, snakes are not among my letter “s” terrors. On the contrary, I’ve always been fascinated, almost obsessed, with snakes, not avoiding them but looking around for them.
Thanks to Dixie Westerfeldt of Robinson and Helen Potter of Cummings for their letters. Readers are what it’s all about, and while they don’t always agree with me — and I respect their rights to their own opinions — I’m pretty set in my ways and views. As anyone acquainted with me well knows.
One of E. W. Howe’s Globesights indicates he may have seen into the future — it deals with his opinion that people are becoming “so shiftless that grocers will finally sell hot water in cans.” Glory be — we’re just one burner away from that now.
Well, that soapbox I often claim to be on is no longer a figment of my imagination. As you can see from the photo, my soapbox is now a reality, created from a figment of the imagination of a reader with a far-out sense of humor.
In this election year, I find this quote from the founder of The Globe, E. W. Howe, to be timeless and very much the same opinion as mine: “We have heard people abused so much that we don’t care for it any more; we would rather hear people praised.” But Patty Moore thinks the politicians who…
I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful and generous things I’m offered daily in ads on TV and in all kinds of printed publications. The people who have these miraculous items and services seem to have nothing more n mind that to make my life more perfect. While saving me hundreds of dol…
Checking into my e-mail one recent morning, I found an overnight horde of weird messages from sources unknown. These strange and disturbing offers had arrived within 18 hours, and I wondered if I had awakened in “The Twilight Zone.”
It’s time to be thankful again, and I’ve been thinking about things besides the usual family, country, health, etc. I’m thankful for some rather offbeat stuff, such as:
I get out of bed every day expecting something good to happen. Well, actually, something good has already happened — I got out of bed — but I expect a bit more than that. And I’m usually not disappointed.
I spend a lot of time at home, and after a few decades of going to work every day, I find it boring. Daytime TV is a sleeping pill with sound, so I work one my own little lists of dumb stuff to keep what’s left of my mind occupied.
I had already sent my “Shades of Yogi Berra” headlined column to the Globe last week before I learned of the death of Lawrence Peter Berra, baseball’s most colorful character and one of its stars.The media quoted some of Yogi’s famous sayings, but not my favorite.
I promise not get up on my soapbox this week. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Actually I can’t get up on it — I loaned it to the Kanye West for his VMA acceptance speech, and he hasn’t returned it yet. In fact, he may have completely worn it out. But since Kanye declared for the 2020 preside…
It took me longer than usual to sit down and write this, because the news from Virginia hit me hard this morning. Two journalists cut down while doing what they loved. I don’t say while “working,” because the fact that we news people love what we do makes it nothing like work.
I’m not sure if this is an actual E. W. Howe Globesight or if he only quoted it, but it was as relevant in 1963 (I recall scheduling it in a Daily Globe that year) as it is today:
What a friend we have in Pastor Greg Pudwill. His contribution to The Pastor’s Corner in the June 19 edition of the Hiawatha World newspaper, “Misinterpreting the Bible,” is very much worth reading, and this man and his words very much worth heeding. He practices true Christianity.
Recently, my daughter Shannon and I, along with her mother-in-law, Emma, made a trip to St. Joseph. Visiting with Emma, I learned that she and I have much more in common than I ever realized. A shared interest in which daughter/daughter-in-law has no interest whatsoever.
Spending more time at home now, I watch a lot more TV than I used to. Unfortunately. My eyes don’t like my once favorite pastime, reading, so I’m tube or video bound. And since I’m not much of a channel surfer, I’m seeing a bunch of TV commercials. Sheesh — do the people who thought up some …
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to convince myself that I’m getting smarter as I get older, but I’ve finally had to give up and admit the truth — there’re a lot of people out there getting dumber.
I’ve already become weary clearing dews and damps off my car windows every morning, and I shudder as I realize it won’t be long until that will be frost. And then unbreakable ice.