Category Archives: Holidays

Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door

(Readers: I wrote this story based on an event nine years ago, glad to update it a bit.) Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles. “Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day – Thank you Vets

To all Vets and to all who are still active military, thank you.

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A Harried Christmas

“Once again we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”  Dave Barry I’m more into saying Merry Christmas than Happy Holidays.  … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2018 – Thanks Firefighters

I enjoy camp fires but have NOT enjoyed the recent Camp Fire which hit the community of Paradise, California.  For readers unfamiliar with Northern California, Paradise sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills about fifteen miles east of Chico and about … Continue reading

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Guys, Need Valentine’s Advice? Hear from a Pro

I’m neither sweet nor perfect that’s certain.  At least I admit it. But it took a stumble upon hidden booty to remember that FEBRUARY 14th soon approaches. 

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My Top Three Reads for 2017

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain A good read before bed time is my normal routine.  Here are my three favorite books from 2017.  If you … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Nut Cracking

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”  Erma Bombeck A short break from togetherness may be a good thing.  My wife assigned me a Thanksgiving Day project. “I need a cup of walnuts.” “Where’s the nut cracker?” … Continue reading

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Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma

She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day 2017

Just a quick note of appreciation to the men and women I know who’ve served in the military.  My dad (a physician) served twice in Vietnam, first in 1970 and again in 1972-73(?).  Dr.  J.B. Miller (retired colonel, USAF) was … Continue reading

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Time Swooshes into Another Holiday Season

How did it get late so soon?  It’s night before its afternoon.  December is here before its June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get late so soon? Dr. Suess (1904 – 1991) It seems just … Continue reading

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