Look whom Obama cites now

The blogosphere is burning red, consumed with fury over President Obama’s announcement — made at the end of the news cycle, with talk-radio on weekend break — that he supports the construction of a mosque near the downed World Trade Center buildings. While much is being said, there’s one thing that really struck me about […]

Unexpected hero found

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer. Without fail, I always find that the ones who have inspired me most were common folks with few, if any, uncommon traits or accomplishments. […]

‘Our Family Serving Your Family’

Call it a motto or a mission statement, the C.J. Mowell, Jr. family lives it, and has since 1964. C.J.’s late father was the Carl J. Mowell in the company’s name, and C.J. was the son. Now a third generation is the son, David. We got to know C.J. shortly after we moved here in […]

Fine art of ear dragging

What is it about a secret that makes you want to tell everyone, even a complete stranger? Ever notice the repercussions for telling a secret grows proportionately as we do? Until we get to be adults, that is, but that’s where this story ends. The beginning is first grade. There all you had to do […]

The Harley

A couple of months ago, I announced that I had come up with a “Bucket List” of things I wanted to do or places I desired to see before I “kicked the bucket.” Actually, it was a “barf bag list.” I decided to make this list while on an airline flight and, scrambling around for […]

Gay marriage ruling is vigilante law

SAN DIEGO — A nation that does not see in law a right to life for its unborn children and a court that allows more than 50 million of them to be killed claiming a nonexistent “penumbra” in the Constitution is not about to acquire a moral — much less a constitutional — backbone when […]

Are we all ideologues now?

New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that enemy of reasonable, constructive political discourse: the ideologue. What exactly is an “ideologue?” Merriam-Webster defines […]

Nobody’s taking the train — except the policymakers

The drumbeat for more public transportation by planners and policy-makers rises in inverse proportion to the public’s enthusiasm. The reality of the steady decline in Americans’ use of public transportation fades into the background, overwhelmed by transit-oriented hype. It started with “smart growth” and “new urbanism.” Now this elitist focus on public transit as the […]

Anybody seen a good hair day?

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I’m amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, “Now, I’m sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?” Mama was […]

Airplanes and peaches

“One day is just like another when you’re retired and it’s too hot to do anything outside.” Dave speaks from the couch, where he reads between naps. His daily outing is Driving Miss Sallie to work out at Curves, by golf cart. So when he said he wanted to drive to a small airport about […]