Making Adjustments

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. W.A. Ward I don’t like the phrase “new normal.” It has a sense of permanence to it, like things will never be the same again. The things we used to enjoy doing are pushed into the past, never […]

Another Goodbye

Over my lifetime, I’ve said a lot of hellos and goodbyes. Lots of my friends live in different places so the hellos and goodbyes flow freely between us. I always hope it’s not the last goodbye and feel blessed when I find out I get to say hello to a friend again. I moved to […]

Be a Peacemaker

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”  Walt Kelly, Earth Day 1970 Fifty years later, we have once again chosen sides – mostly against ourselves. People tend to take sides before considering the all the facts and once sides are chosen, they never reconsider their stance or the facts again. We can find […]

Teach Your Children

My daughter recently posted a photo on Facebook that brought back a lot of memories. It has her in it, but in the background was our blue 1968 Nova that we had for decades. It was my first car, bought in 1974, and was green with a dark vinyl top at that time. I was […]

Let Kindness Shine

Never say mean words out of anger. Your anger will pass, but your words can scar a person for life. So use kind words or be silent! Ervin Myers I visited a Dollar Store this past week. On the door was a big sign saying people entering must wear masks. I gave it little thought […]


Ever heard of historiography? It’s fascinating. Historiography is the study of the writing of history, and in particular, studying the historians who wrote the history and critically analyzing why they wrote what they wrote. The adage the victors write the history is especially visible when you look deeply into historical accounts. I took a historiography […]

Summer is Here

Earth’s tilt reached its climax this past week which officially announces the dawn of summer. The days were hot before then, but now it’s okay for the days to be long and hot because it’s–well, it’s summer. But this summer isn’t like all the others. Here in Boise, COVID-19 is bubbling up everywhere. Just in […]

You Can’t Use What You Don’t Have

My dad often gives me tidbits of wisdom, and I usually write them down somewhere so I have them always. During our phone call a couple of weeks ago, he dropped another one in my lap. We talked about many things, and I don’t specifically remember why he brought this remembrance up. He said, “A […]