• A tough illness that requires tough medicine

    Some medical conditions, say the flu, can be diagnosed and easily cured. Of course, if the flu is actually pneumonia the patient may not fare so well. Some medical conditions even if correctly identified may not be easily treated, certain cancers for example. And some cancers even if properly addressed may metamorphosize into others that are fatal.

  • A Gordian knot

    Perhaps we need to channel Alexander the Great (356 - 323 B.C.) to help us address our Gordian Knot type problem of child welfare. You will recall Alexander eschewed the niceties of trying to unravel the problem step by laborious step and simply slashed through the morass of hemp with his sword. A tempting approach to any complicated puzzle but probably of little lasting benefit.

  • The seen and the unseen

    Sometimes we see damage after it has been done by kids to public property, such as library grounds and city parks. Usually we do not see the damage as it is being done to children by their neglectful or abusive caretakers. The financial and aesthetic loss to public property upsets us. The financial and psychic loss resulting from child neglect and abuse dwarfs the related juvenile vandalism.

  • The mouse that roars

    Gentle Reader, I ask you, “Is this fair?” Last week I barely escaped a medical catastrophe when I slipped on the ice while attempting to relocate a mouse from our house to a fiery fate. You may recall this whole thing was started by Peg who went ballistic when she found the mouse stuck in a trap. Apparently there is some universal law that mouse disposal is a husband’s job.

  • A wee mousie's revenge

    I can’t relate in a family newspaper my very first thought as I slipped on that icy stoop at JPeg Ranch and crashed precipitously into the large stone behind it. As I felt my left kidney complain about the cruel blow, my mind was in the pure reaction mode. Contemplation of the irony involved arose only after I realized I was not dead. Peg later said I must have actually landed on my head as there appeared to be no lasting damage.

  • Common law is common sense
  • Oh to be an Egyptian judge

    Some of you may have noticed I have been a judge for awhile. And, although I know it may surprise you, not everyone of my thousands of decisions has been met with universal acclaim. Occasionally someone may actually disagree with my fair and objective legal analysis and have the bad form to say so. Well, my friends, not if we were in Egypt.

  • Building new traditions

    By Heather Reese

    Christmas always meant the same to me every year. It would mean watching the grown-ups play cards, me and my cousin counting down every minute until we could open gifts, Grandma’s wonderful chocolate cookies, and the warmth and comfort you felt when you walk into your grandparents house. Finally, when it was time to open presents, we would patiently wait for Grandpa to pass them out to everyone. The excitement would always build as he set another present in front of them.

  • The Harder Right
  • Bygone Days

    Who would have thought that I would be falling down the rabbit hole, just like Alice.  But unlike Alice, the voices I hear while falling are those of my parents and grandparents:  “The world’s going to hell in a bucket!” or  “Young people these days have no ambition!” or  “Don’t young people read anymore?”  Suddenly I am standing at the bottom of the hole saying the same things.