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Yes is the code word for maybe

There are all kinds of codes we come across in our daily routine. There are padlock codes, codes of honor and ethics, codes for opening doors or gates, and let ...

LWV is in a league of its own

When I moved to the Rogue Valley in the summer of 2018, the only person I knew was my Realtor. Within one month of my rebirth as an Oregonian, a familiar name f...

The day my NBA dream died

Terry Dischinger was an NBA basketball star for nine seasons. Somehow he got crossways with his National Guard commitment and ended up on active military duty. ...

The Air Force saved my dad

This morning I looked at the calendar and saw that Armed Forces Day is May 15. It made me think of my father, who died last November, and tears sprang to my eye...

The bumps are what make the ride fun

One of the advantages of being retired is the wisdom that accumulates within the core of who were are. My evolutionary stages of life include the “brat,” the “s...

GI still recalls supermodel’s letter

In Vietnam in 1965/66, our lifeline to the “World” (What we, in my unit, called the United States) was a slender connection maintained by snail mail. In an era...

I can’t live without my 16-quart pot

During the COVID shutdown, I have spent time editing my possessions. After all, I’m 73, and the thought of a terminal move moves me to lighten up. Although per...

Time to cowboy up, buckaroo

“Have you ever run a chainsaw?” boss man Sam asked me. “No,” I answered. “OK, take this chainsaw and…” Or, “have you ever driven a tractor? No? OK, here are...

I can still hear the big man’s laugh

It has been years now, but he used to come to our home on Sunday mornings for a cup of coffee. Not every Sunday but maybe once a month we would be favored by hi...

Band of brothers around a bond fire

In June 1957, two weeks prior to high school graduation, my group of buddies were looking at the potential loss of our brotherhood. We gathered and formally ado...

Neither fire nor ice would be nice

One hundred years ago, Robert Frost, wrote: "Some say the world will end with fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire. I hold with those who favo...

My neurologist had the nerve to retire

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in December of 2014, my wife, Kerry, lovingly soothed my back with her gentle touch. "I'm so sorry," she whispered...

A difficult year, a heart-breaking day

At times we have to deal with difficult situations in our life. Not all of it is smooth sailing. It all started about a year ago, when my wife was forgetting wh...