Old friend shares memories of Pope John Paul

Every time I'm convinced the internet was invented by Satan, it comes up with something that proves how valuable it can be. My latest experience came earlier this month when, bored by political brouhahas, I started looking up old schoolmates who had dropped out of my life long ago. While searching for someone else, I … Continue reading Old friend shares memories of Pope John Paul

I’m still not done paying for that free turkey

The most expensive turkey I ever got was free. It was a cold and bleak night in early December. Dinner hadn't gone so well – my wife was worried over how we would handle Christmas, and I had no answers for her. My newspaper had gone on strike in September, and there was no end … Continue reading I’m still not done paying for that free turkey

Social Security death benefit is cheap but actually wasteful

It's forgivable that Ben Franklin didn't include governmental bureaucracies with death and taxes as being the only certainties of life. After all, he died 143 years before that other Franklin – Roosevelt – laid the groundwork for the America's administrative state. This revelation came to me in early October, five days after my wife passed … Continue reading Social Security death benefit is cheap but actually wasteful

I’ll never forget when my life ended

Some say the world will end in a bang, and some say with a whimper. My world ended with a ringtone. Looking back, the whole thing played out like a farce but was really a tragedy. It all started in late August when my beloved Shirley complained about a sore on the top of her … Continue reading I’ll never forget when my life ended

Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership

Watching awards shows on television is as big a treat as having a colonoscopy without anesthesia. Well, actually, it's worse. I've never had a colonoscopy that lasted three hours. It doesn't matter if the host is affable and funny -- Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson come to mind -- or amazingly irritating like David Letterman. … Continue reading Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership