Believing my own eyes (not)

It’s getting to the point that I don’t believe my own eyes or trust what my ears hear. Sometimes it feels like I’m starring in the old movie, “Gas Light,” where the world is conspiring to make me think I’m crazy. For the record, I know I’m crazy. It runs in the family. But it’s […]

You’re fired

The American voters made a strong and powerful statement with last Tuesday’s election results. The electorate swept out scores of Democrats from the House of Representatives and put a serious scare into the Democrats in the Senate. One can put a number of differing spins on the results but Republican victors should proceed with caution. […]

You must have protection

The following is going to make me sound like an out-of-touch old guy, but I’m fine with that. This story happened just as written, and for once, there has been no embellishment by yours truly. One thing that just really gets my goat (now that’s an old guy term if I ever heard one) is […]

Priority #1 for Republicans

For newly empowered congressional Republicans, priority one must be an extension of the Bush tax cuts. There should be enough votes not only from a new Republican majority, but also from some of the decimated and dispirited (and even newly elected) Democrats. If President Obama is smart, he won’t veto the bill. If the tax […]

The cost of ObamaCare’s ‘savings’

The new healthcare law gives the federal government unprecedented control over medical decisions. And one bureaucrat in particular looks to be leading the crusade for more public power: Dr. Donald Berwick, the new director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS may be obscure. But it wields enormous influence over the availability […]

The Great Flood

When one of life’s tribulations smacked me in the eye, I did not cry. I thought, instead, of Daddy’s words from way back then. I stood among the rubble, stunned by the devastation that my eyes beheld, and heard his words so strong and clear. “Let me tell you something, little girl,” he had said, […]

In the fall of the year, visiting with some long-time friends

CASHIERS, N. C. — Heat, being as scarce as it is here in summer, is easily managed and even appreciated. In the peak of summer, there are but a few days when people turn on their air conditioners. And that’s for only about two months. The rest of the year, everyone builds fires. Even in […]

Planned spontaneity

Sometimes it pays not to have a plan when you leave town. Flexibility, spontaneity, surprises abound if you’re not locked into coordinating with someone else’s plans. Air travel is the essence of inflexibility, driving is almost the opposite. My husband Dave is a chemical engineer by training and happy to have rules, dependable time tables, […]

Vote or shut up

I have done my civic duty. I have voted in Tuesday’s election even though it is not yet Tuesday. I will be on a plane much of Tuesday so, thanks to absentee balloting, I have done my small but necessary part in the democratic process. For the most part, I have voted in every election […]

Magic elixir of life

I really never gave it much thought: Growing old, that is. Figured I didn’t have to. The way I saw it, I only had two options: Grow older or die. If I died – well, I wouldn’t be worrying about getting older, now would I? And the longer I lived, the more obvious it became […]