Napoleon loved broccoli

In the spring of 1804, at the end of an elaborate ceremony, Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed himself Napoleon I, Emperor of France and proclaimed something else: his love of broccoli. The self-crowned emperor of France loved the little loved crown-shaped vegetable. Few historians will write about the fact that his obsession was the root cause of […]

A strange story

There were lots of strange things that occurred during those seven magical years growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, a few of which I still can’t write about. But of those that I can, this story is perhaps one of the strangest. What makes it so? Well, this time it isn’t about what any of […]

I’ve lost it

The Drill Sargeant. That was gonna be the title of this story. That is, until I lost it. Now to some of you Dear Readers out there, that statement comes as no surprise. To others, such self-analyzing by yours truly has been long overdue. But in either case, the facts still point to one undeniable […]

Four little words

On an otherwise ordinary day, an extraordinary thing happened. Four little words. That’s all it took, and the entire day changed in an instant. Tears started streaming down faces of the two adults in the kitchen. The words sent one to his knees unable to catch his breath. The other, also unable to breathe, immediately […]

Black gold

There’s Black Gold in that creek! At least that’s what my Dad always said. Now some of you, Dear Readers, may want to know exactly what Black Gold is. Others may want to know just where that creek is. For both of those answers we have to travel back a long, long time ago to […]

Love Ambassadors

Almost an entire year has gone by, and many mistakes have been made. Don’t lose faith! There’s still time to fix everything. Okay, perhaps “fixing everything” that has gone wrong with your love relationship is a bit much for one columnist to accomplish. But maybe I can keep you from making additional mistakes around the […]

Eat your vegetables!

Eat your vegetables! It’s a battle cry sounded by parents all across this great land, one that spans generations all the way back to the founding fathers. George Washington, our first President, took great pride in also being known as America’s first farmer and composter. Like his father before him, good old George was a […]

Raising children … again

With the birth of the two girls, our lives were about to change forever, but even I wasn’t prepared for how much. To say we were all strangers on that day would be incorrect. We had known their mother long before their birth, and during that time we had grown accustomed to being around each […]

Listen to the Wife

The Wife said not to do it. Did I listen to her? Nope. Ignoring The Wife’s advice isn’t the best way to start off the New Year, and neither is causing someone else’s misfortune. But it really wasn’t my fault. It was our 2-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter Sweet Caroline’s. Trust me, finger paints will come out of […]

Batteries not included

Late on Christmas Eve, after the last glass of water had been sipped and “Twas the Night Before Christmas” had been read for the final time, all the children were finally sound asleep in their beds — or at least pretended to be quite convincingly.   It was time for Santa’s little elves to get […]

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