Being told you’re important can make you humble

  Never underestimate your importance to other people, or the ability of other people to make you re-examine yourself. It was a scary few days beginning last weekend; what started out as an adventure of discovery and new experiences ended up as a bizarre trek through two emergency rooms, an intensive care unit and one […]

There is a difference, and it’s important

The recently-observed Memorial Day, coupled with the ghost of my late father via the person of my youngest brother, has brought out the curmudgeon in me. One of Pop’s greatest pet peeves was that people were constantly confusing Memorial Day with Veterans Day. As a veteran, he was somewhat peeved that there had to be […]

Trump’s Korean folly was doomed from the start

This is what happens when we elect rank amateurs to powerful positions. Donald Trump has now cancelled the summit-that-never-was-going-to-be with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Like the petulant child-man he is, the so-called president took his marbles and went home when Kim started acting like the petulant child-man he is. The summit was doomed from […]

When it comes to public education, Jerry gets it

Liberals, and most certainly Democrats, are heaping scorn and anger on Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg’s actions this past week. The good senator torched a teacher incentive pay measure that he initially supported. As much as I differ with Sonnenberg philosophically, I am repeatedly impressed with his courage when it comes right down to doing the right […]

The colonel’s cot still inspires me

There is a day bed in my office; that is, in the small bedroom I’ve converted into an office, and it is used mostly for grandchildren because it has a trundle bed that comes out and it’s just right for small children because they have fairly high tolerance to sleeping conditions. This day bed reminds […]

The story of how a story came to be

This is a story about a story. In the early 1980s I was assigned to cover some Marine reservists who were undergoing mountain training above Denver. Arrangements were made for me to overnight with some of the officers conducting the training but, as with any military operation, reality failed to meet expectations and I was […]