St. Nicholas to Santa Claus

Let’s go back again to the “Liturgical Calendar.” On it today, December 6, is a designation not very familiar to most of us. Today is “St. Nicholas Day.” Yes, “that one,” who has given rise to our old friend Santa Claus. Again, many articles and website entries have given us information about this, and I’ll […]

The angels we call ‘caregivers’

Not all of us think the same way about angels. The angels I think of are all around us every day, in every city or town of any size, living on our street or even next door. They often wear a weary look from their unremitting daily tasks, along with the smears and smudges that […]

Political rants by Christians

I have been appalled by the social media behavior from Christians toward this present presidential administration and the last. I have read the posts from people purporting to be believers who have said the most vile and offensive things about both President Obama and President Trump. It is distressing, and I have been around quite […]

Holiday mistakes: What not to do

They say past performance is indicative of future performance. I certainly hope not because my performance during the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t need repeating. But before the big guy comes bounding down the chimney with his big bag of gifts, we need to look at the holiday mistakes we’ve made so we don’t make them again. […]

The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of “free love” mocked — […]

Will Washington ever learn? Apparently not

The messiness of the long-proverbial “mess in Washington” stands out this post-holiday week like a picked and evacuated turkey carcass. To itemize: 1) The tax debate, so-called. 2) The furor over who’s to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — assuming you’ve heard of this enterprise, which is disliked by many on account of its […]

Cooking in Connecticut

It is well known, by this point, that I married a Yankee from Connecticut. One who never knew the joy of comfort foods until he came South. John Tinker, who adored the ground his impressive mother, Miss Ruth, walked on, is honest about her shortcomings as a cook. “She wasn’t a good cook. We mostly […]

Suicide: The battle on the home front

I recall in Command General Staff College learning the importance of conducting mission analysis. In war, a strong understanding of unit capabilities, enemy capabilities, and the terrain are essential to winning on the battlefield. The same could be said of life in general; and such is very much the case in what we do at […]

Fact-based talk on GOP’s tax reform

Reading David Browning’s letter to The Citizen prompted me to dig into the specifics on the Tax Reform Bill circulating now in Congress. I want to be specific on what has been proposed and how this bill, although not perfect, is a step forward in improving a tax system that presently favors people that are […]

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