Category: Parts of Speech

Chief gripe: Too much for too little

?Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.? ?Erma Bombeck

Four short years ago it took divine intervention to find a Chiefs ticket. I had to set KC Wolf dolls on my monitor, hum the Tomahawk Chop theme three times a day, brush up on typing tests to keep my words per minute above 80 and neurotically test my Internet connection to make sure I could get on the Kansas City Chiefs Web site at the exact minute ticket sales opened, then type fast enough to come away with two (three if the NFL gods saw fit) tickets for the worst game on their schedule.

Read more ›

In the end, you can only control you

?God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot

change, the courage to change

the things I can and the wisdom

to know the difference.?

?The Serenity Prayer


The election is over. Now it?s all over but the crying, or the cheering, depending on which way you cast your vote.

Either way, didn?t you feel a sense of control when you blackened the oval in your little booth? A healthy sense of power to wrap up a year of out of control campaigning. I?m glad it?s over and I hold out hope for better things.

I always considered myself an optimist. Even through the worst things that I?ve witnessed or gone through, I have always held onto a sense of ?things will work alright out in the end.?

But do things always work out all right? Of course, the answer would have to be no, not always. They work themselves out, sure, but not always ?all right.? And not always how we planned or at least imagined.

I rode the fence throughout this presidential election, not sure which way I would vote until a few days before I signed in. Even on that day I had some doubts. But I made my choice and felt pretty good about it.

Read more ›

Why do our kids turn out like us?

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.? ?C.G. Jung, ?Integration of the Personality,? 1939

?Oh, Lord help that child?that is so me!? Have you ever caught yourself saying that? At times when your daughter or son (that child) does something that instinctively and immediately upsets you?

Then just as quickly you realize that whatever they have just said or done could have easily come from you because their reaction is all to familiar. Remind you of anyone?

Read more ›

A look at future jobs via Australia

?I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there?s gum in my hair, and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard, and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running, and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?.. I think I?ll move to Australia.? ?Alexander from ?Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? by Judith Viorst

If you?re looking for job security, you might check out some Australian want ads. Surf on over to an international job site and search for ?marine scientist in Australian reefs? or ?census taker for CReefs.?

Read more ›

There’s no ‘ideal’ courtship, marriage

?I?d say we?re still together,

thanks to a lot of boring nights

at home.? ?PKB

There?s a lengthy list of things that small towns are good for. People watching isn?t on it. You can try it for awhile, but after a time or two with the same people walking by, you?re going to come off as creepy.

Those allegedly nosey neighbors that live next door might actually be harmless people-watchers prowling for nothing more than cheap entertainment. It is a small town after all, and small towns have their recreational limits.

So, as village dwellers sometimes have to, we search for new ways to people watch.

Read more ›

No excuses needed for simplification

?A little simplification would be the first step towards rational living, I think.? ?Eleanor Roosevelt

Simplify. You won?t find this word in the Oxford Dictionary?s list of the most commonly used words in the English language. But it has to be rising on the charts.

Simplification is the new black.

It?s the thing to do now that we?re being forced to make maddening choices like a tank of gas or a gallon of milk. A movie matinee or a box of Mike and Ike?s?

This might be a slight exaggeration, but the blissful days of having both are vanishing. Unless you sneak your own box of Mike and Ike?s into a movie. But that would be wrong, so, ummm, yeah, you shouldn?t do that.

Read more ›

Loving those who love to compete

?Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.? ?Shaquille O?Neal When I took a job in the computer field I could not grasp the configuration of a network. I remember looking at a diagram of a basic computer network with a server, router, and several workstations. Never one to comprehend anything that could […]

Read more ›

What adults should know by now

?Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.? ?Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry, author


We?re moving into county and state fair season and who?s excited? 4-Hers? Yes. Rodeo clowns? Uh huh! Deep-fat Snickers fry-cooks? Oh yeah!

Read more ›

Movie leads to new comprehension

?What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.? ?Antonio Porchia


A screen writer who once took a job as a stripper to have something to write about. A 16-year-old with an attitude and a baby on the way. A slightly creepy Jason Bateman character. These, and so many more from the movie ?Juno? offer plenty of social issues to ponder.

Read more ›

The dog days of summer drop in

?Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that?s how dogs spend their lives.? ?Sue Murphy


To the people who live on that one street a few blocks north of me: Sorry!

I took my dog on a walk the other morning. Libby?s not as young as she used to be and as we all do in some way, has lost some of her self-control. Walking gets her bladder going. And jogging? Well, it gets everything else going.

Read more ›