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Columns

  • The longest election season

    Somebody needs to set me straight on this: Isn’t this absolutely and positively the longest and most contentious election season ever?

    That’s one question I’ve pondered for months. Now pushing my 79th year, I obviously am becoming forgetful, which is why I’m wondering whether the same thing happened last midterm election and the one before that, and the one ...

    Maybe someone with political savvy, someone like my late mother, R.I.P., could explain all this confusion, as I can’t do it on my own.

    Here’s the issue:

  • Three thieves that rob you of life

    There are three thieves who will rob you of every minute of your life that they can. They will pickpocket you every opportunity they have. What is neat about this is that you don’t have to be robbed! You get to choose whether or not you will let these thieves take from you and lower your quality of life.

  • Meet three formidable women

    When Abigail Lumsden told me her mother’s art exhibit opens Nov. 2, at Highlands University’s Kennedy Gallery, I was delighted.

    I was already writing about two incredible women, and now I can add a third.

    There is something satisfying about a trilogy. Barbara Davis Lawrence’s retrospective exhibit will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 4, including a reception Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with food, wine and music by Abigail and her husband, Les Horan.

  • Can the Golden Rule be applied to elections?

    The other day I overheard an argument between friends over two particular candidates for the same office. One is the incumbent, so the question was posed, “What’s he done for us?”

    I’ll leave out the particulars — which candidates and which race — because I don’t want to water down my larger point. I’ve heard that sort of question a hundred times through the years when talking politics, and I’ll bet you have too.

  • ‘The Perk’ gets new name

    Buildings that dot the Highlands University campus usually bear the name of an exemplary person who contributed — through public works, outstanding service or financial donations — to the institution.

    This column will by no means attempt to provide a history of naming buildings; rather, it concerns actions, some of which bear explanation.

  • Completing 60 trips around the sun

    Today I change the tens digit on my age. It is my birthday! I have made it 60 times around the sun.

    Yet despite six decades in the rear view mirror, I look forward to my years ahead and I believe the best is yet to come!

    Although my birth certificate shows I am 60 years old, I have actually experienced 64.4 years of life. More on this later.

    Today is the youngest I will ever be for the rest of my life. Today is also the wisest I have ever been since I was born. Both of these concepts come together for today.

  • The election and its final twists and turns

    The way I figure it, the Republicans are getting the Supreme Court judge they want but they’re going pay for it by losing big in the midterm elections.

    If Democrats don’t at least take the U.S. House this time around, I’ll be both stunned and disappointed. America needs a check on Trump’s irrational hold over Washington, and I’ll bet a lot of outraged, anti-Trump people — particularly women — are going to vote with a vengeance this year.

  • ‘Stay out of my dreams’

    I had an interesting conversation with Diana, a former student in my journalism classes at Highlands University.

    She was scheduled to be my wife around that time, but before Bonnie (my real wife) reads this, let me explain that the nuptials Diana and I were scheduled to exchange were part of the plot to “Exit the Body,” by Fred Carmichael,

    The two-act comedy never materialized — because certain members of the full cast chose parties over rehearsals.

  • Everything but the kitchen sink

    We are remodeling the kitchen. That is to say, Mark has removed the cabinets and is putting together new ones in the dining area of our small bungalow.

    May I stress our bungalow is 950 square feet. Plenty of space for Mark, our dog Java, and me most of the time.

    But now, the contents of the discarded kitchen cabinets are precariously balanced on every surface.
    Boxes filled with kitchen appliances and utensils have been taken to the basement and placed wherever there is floor space.

  • What does it mean to be humble?

    What does it mean to be humble? Is this something you ever think about? Do you ever speak about being humble? Who is the most humble person you know?

    Has anyone ever told you they are humble? Somehow this seems to defeat the characteristic of being humble. This attribute is best bestowed on a person by others.
    Arrogance and pride are the enemies of humbleness.