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“I believe in an America where a separation of church and state is absolute.”—John F. Kennedy. “The heroes of my childhood were Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy... but I was … more
For years, President Donald Trump has said it’s clear that he is “a very smart guy” since he attended Wharton — a school he describes as “super genius stuff.” Donald Trump attended … more
FIRST, I’m only saying ‘Rat Tales’ because it has a certain sound to it. ‘Mouse Tales’ doesn’t have the same impact. Varmints, rodents; It is interesting that many of us consider … more
Recently I have read news that Facebook is going to test a new system designed to prevent sharing users’ private photos without their consent. And this reminded me about how fragile people have … more
Since I cancelled my cable TV service, I rely on Netflix and Amazon Prime for my nighttime entertainment. I was getting discouraged with Netflix’s offerings and wasn’t too enthused about … more
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a Line . . .”—Omar Khyyám (1048-1131) Omar Khyyám, a Persian, was one of … more
  Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat!  My kids used to say that on Halloween.  Not while out trick or treating, however. They knew that might jeopardize getting some … more
On Sunday afternoon, during the Seahawks game, our 1991 Jeep had both passenger side tires slashed/stabbed/punctured in Uptown while it was parked at Lawrence and Polk. Jacob, the nice All City tow … more
For 2017, the estate and gift tax exemption is $5.49 million per individual. That means an individual can leave $5.49 million to heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax. It is projected that 2.7 … more
I don’t know about the rest of you but I thought it was a defining moment in modern history when former President George W. Bush took the microphone and delivered a speech at the “Spirit of … more
About 87% of Americans have magnets on their refrigerator door.  I grew up in the 50s and I don’t recall ever seeing magnets on the doors of my friends or relatives.  I found one lone picture of … more
This is a slightly modififed/edited version of a piece I wrote for the Quilcene Community Center's monthly newsletter. I'm still not sure how one gets the newsletter in one's e-mail, and I would like … more
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