Category Archives: Holidays

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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5 (or more?) Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

Hey kids, here’s a short and sweet Father’s Day list if you’re procrastinating.  The listed order is unimportant, except for #3. Cam-buckles and tie straps. These range in length from 12 inches to 24 feet.  They’re handy to secure loads … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Hunt is Annual Tradition

Don’t call the Sierra Club.  The wood we chop isn’t for building or heating.  We are Christmas tree hunters—amateur lumberjacks that thin the forest one tree at a time.  The permit costs $10 but getting lost is free.

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Phooey, Let’s Gain Weight Over Thanksgiving

“If you think about a Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.” Ina Garten, Host of Barefoot Contessa, Food Network It’s not the minutes that put on weight, it’s the seconds. I’m unsure who said that but whoever … Continue reading

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