Old School

    Sporting the dour personage of his day, nonetheless Horace Mann was much respected and revered for his progressive ideas on education in the early days of this country. He probably has his name on more elementary schools than even George Washington. No one did more than he to establish in the minds of…

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Gather ’round the fireside, my millennials, and let you hear a tale so strange and distant you will find it hard to believe. It is a Christmas tale even more bizarre than that of a hipster bearded, body challenged, part time, remote office employer and his staff of special needs persons of diminutive stature who…

Spooky Times

  My husband, Dan, is no stranger to creaky floors and unsettling apparitions that frequent remote areas after dark. Grimm’s Fairytales uses such settings as backdrops and metaphors for stern parental warnings against wandering off the beaten path. Dan’s parents, Shirley and Harvey West, Jr, probably didn’t use the other “G” word when the decision…

The Seventh Month

  The name September literally means the seventh month. Apparently the Romans felt pretty much like the way I do each year when September rolls around…dazed, confused and in much need of a few bottles of wine.  Summer, all of it, resides in the lazy, hazy, hot time of year when it’s easy to forget…

Remembrance

Whether your traditional observance of Memorial Day is as tribute to those who who have died during or after military service or as the official opening weekend of summer, there is no reason not to accommodate both.  At 3pm local time every Memorial Day a nationally declared “Moment of Remembrance” is observed.  Just a quiet…

It’s Winter Somewhere

    As I ponder the scene from My Front Porch I could easily believe that I have somehow time travelled to a day in mid May.  I double check my calendar to assure myself that I am indeed still navigating the winter landscape of February, minus the winter coat as temperatures are forecast to…