• Here’s how things developed

    “You smell like that mess from the Optic!” How many times did I hear that?  Let me explain:

    Evelyn, my high school girlfriend, never failed to remind me that I carried the aroma from my job — coincidentally the job I have now, with some modifications. You see, as a l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e Las Vegas Optic employee, I spent hours in our darkroom, as one of the newspaper’s photographers.

  • The shot heard around the world

    The difference between a revolution and a civil war is who wins the war after the last shot is fired. In both instances there are shots fired by members of a country against other members of the same nation.

    If those rebelling win against their own country, the end result is a revolution and the birth of a new nation. If those rebelling lose the war, it goes down in history as a civil war.

  • Misinformation for a gullible citizenry

    Here we are, in the verge of one of the most important midterm elections in American history, and Russian meddling is being charged. Guess it never really stopped.

  • 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.