MOVIES! I love’em! And, I come by this affinity quite naturally. My mother was a beautiful stylish woman who managed family, career, and volunteer work without batting a perfectly lined eye! One of her favorite ways to relax and enjoy herself with her daughters was a night out at the movies.
In those days it was always a double feature. My dad happily acquiesced to his three women. As if this wasn’t enough, there were Aunt Eva, Uncle Ed and Uncle Al. They lived in Los Angeles. Every summer we piled into the Chrysler, wearing hair nets, with the windows down, and headed south for a three-week vacation. We would stay with Eva and Ed. Uncle Al’s part in all this would be to take us on a tour of Paramount Studios where he was the favorite prop man for Bob Hope and other stars. Continue reading
Here is what we’ve already begun to grasp from just the first 13 verses of Scripture:
God created the earth (and everything else in the universe).
He created it as good (originally).
He established His order at creation.
His order benefits creation itself, especially humankind. Humans thrive when they live according to God’s created order. When they try to live outside the created order, things don’t go so well. Continue reading
Why is it that we feel it necessary to use an apologetic tone when stating, “I have done nothing all day?”
When quietly doing something or meditating, often in response to the question, “What are you doing?” we will reply “nothing,” rather than explain exactly what we are doing.
It is time we elevated doing nothing to an art form. It is very difficult to do nothing, and few of us achieve a high consistent standard. Those who can are apologetic about it.
How can one learn to do nothing? Meditating is hard enough. Continue reading
Will the baby boom generation be the last stand for the classic old-school hobby? With Millennials and Gen-Xers part of a sweeping demographic that has either come of age or existed solely within a culture centered around everyday reliance on the internet and social media devices, it can seem that way.
But a look into the dens and workshop of the Boomers reveals that as long as they’re around, hobbies that have nothing to do with electronics are still very much with us. Again, for the purposes of this discussion, the committed pursuance of a musical or artistic talent and participation in sports are not considered “hobbies.” Continue reading
Although many of my classmates at Bishop Conaty Memorial High School (Los Angeles) studied shorthand, typing (on manual typewriters), bookkeeping, and other office practices, I was college-bound and had already taught myself to type, so I focused on the requisite “college prep” classes (languages, math, science, etc.).
Ten years later, I came to regret not having taken shorthand, when I found myself applying for a “stenographer” job with the federal government’s NASA division in Boston, Massachusetts. We were still living in Culver City, California, but were planning to move “back” to Frank’s old stomping grounds in “Bean Town.” So, I quickly enrolled in our local high school’s night classes where I could take a 4 week course in shorthand, which would culminate in an “official” certification of the required level of proficiency that could be submitted along with my application. Continue reading
The temperature at 7 a.m. was 26 degrees. Not what you would expect in Arizona, but Williams is at 6,766 feet of elevation. Williams is notable for two things. The first is it is part of the famous Route 66 and second is the Grand Canyon Railroad that travels 65 miles to the Grand Canyon. Continue reading
Tax bill provision opens ANWR, to bring more oil online and keep Alaska pipeline operating
Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential and is important summertime wildlife habitat. Continue reading
I just came back home after being away for two nights and three days. The feeling of refreshment and renewal felt so good that it inspired me to write this story for you.
This year has been a challenging one as I am sure many of you can relate. In addition to the normal challenges of everyday life, my son went off to college, and I went through the turnstiles at various hospitals. We all will go through similar circumstances; the difference being the intensity and the duration. Continue reading
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” popularly known as “Santa’s ninth reindeer,” is usually depicted as a young calf with a glowing red nose who barely has antlers. He is the lead reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team’s path through even the worst winter weather. Continue reading
The modern-day nutcracker was introduced to the United States after WW2, when our soldiers brought them home from Europe as souvenirs for friends and family. The originals were artists’ creations as decorations in Germany, and the beautiful sculptures have become a Christmas staple since Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and the ballet created in its name is performed every year during the gorgeous wintry holiday season. I doubt that there is one single household that doesn’t have at least one non-functioning nutcracker in their home. Continue reading