In my work as a reporter, I often go to various emergency scenes like car crashes, fires, weather-related problems, downed power poles and the like. I do my job, taking pictures and writing details derived from each scene, and working very closely with law enforcement officials, firefighters, town and county crews and emergency technicians at the scenes. I say with a great deal of pride in my fellow municipal, county and state friends in those careers, Gadsden County and its six municipalities have the most professional and caring people that I’ve ever seen who serve others as a way of life!
[Full Story »]
Bird's Eye View
While America celebrates its birth some 237 years ago with picnics, fun and sun, fireworks and all of the other celebratory occasions, let us keep in mind that our country began in war, and has over and over again sent American citizens to war zones around the world. [Full Story »]
In my work as a reporter, I often go to various emergency scenes like car crashes, fires, weather-related problems, downed power poles and the like. I do my job, taking pictures and writing details derived from each scene, and working very closely with law enforcement officials, firefighters, town and county crews and emergency technicians at the scenes. [Full Story »]
About 15 years ago, Rick and I became chicken farmers in a small way. Our initial purchase was 26 chicks comprised of White Leghorns and Plymouth Barred Rocks. These birds had been checked for gender and inoculated against deadly diseases. [Full Story »]
This Memorial Day weekend brought several impressions of the dedication of many people and organizations in our area who pay tribute to Americans who lost their lives in service to their country. Emails came in from dozens of friends who either served or are service members giving honor to the fallen and salutes to those who have served or continue to serve. [Full Story »]
Memorial Day brings an emotional response in me for many reasons. First of all, I was born on Memorial Day back in the day when it was recognized on May 30th. President Nixon sure did mess that one up for me in 1968 when he changed it to a floating holiday! Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had always felt that having an entire country having a holiday on my birthday was pretty darn cool! (Well, of course I knew not many folks were celebrating my birth, but hey, cool anyway.) [Full Story »]
My mom’s the greatest. She’s been my advisor, my ally, my mentor, my friend and most of all, my wonderful mother throughout my life. Mom has been my biggest cheerleader, gently guiding me and quietly letting me absorb her ethics and standards through her example. [Full Story »]
It’s official. I’m now a qualified governmental retiree! I visited this county’s social security office in Quincy on Monday and got put into the system a couple of weeks before officially turning the retirement age. While I had completed the preliminary application on Sunday (those are available online every day of the week from 0700 to 1900 (in non-governmental parlance, that’s 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Nowhere that I saw online did it say that you had to go to the real cement-block and mortar building in Quincy until at the very end of the application when I submitted the application. [Full Story »]
Friends of ours started a food garden foregoing chemicals. It’s not easy to do. A naturally-grown (without chemicals) garden is more susceptible to weeds, pests and other perils. They have had such success with their plants they are now thinking of going into public sale of some of their food offerings, from arugula to kale, Boston bibb, Toscano (AKA Dragon kale), root veggies, herbs, starter plants, a juicer bag, all grown the natural way. [Full Story »]
I sat around with a bunch of friends Monday evening, and the main topic of conversation was the terrible tragedy of the Boston bombs that earlier in the day had killed three people, including an eight-year old child, and injured more than 170. According to news reports, two bombs exploded within seconds of each other as a majority of the runners in the famous Boston Marathon reached the finish line. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken over the hunt for the perpetrators. Some 23,000 runners participated in the race. Officials say the attack may have been timed for maximum bloodshed since the four-hour mark of the twenty-six mile race is normally when the majority of runners reach the finish line and thousands of friends and relatives are crowded around the line cheering them in. [Full Story »]
I was born on the leading edge of the baby boomer generation. I’ve always thought of myself as a young adult. It’s getting harder to retain that self-image when I recently had to wend my way through the Medicare maze and am now facing the ‘other’ governmental unit. I’ve finally decided that the best way to survive all of this is to get some laughs from it. Many of you are already here, and many more will be facing these issues at some point in the future. I hope you can get some giggles out of these jokes I’ve found!
[Full Story »]
[Full Story »]
Most religions have versions of heaven and hell in which a good person goes to heaven and a bad one is bound for hell. Throughout history, people have written about them and created works of art for them, most notably, Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy - The Inferno.’ [Full Story »]