"I wouldn't have been much of a pioneer. Henson would have taken one look at me and sent me out to gather buffalo chips."

ValueSpeak

Jul
23
Posted at 3:08 pm

I wouldn’t want to trade places with Great-Great-Grandfather Henson for anything. And not just because he’s … you know … dead. It’s just that the stuff he had to do is not stuff I would want to do. Take traveling, for example. I’ve never been a good traveler. You know the phrase, “Don’t make me [...]

Jul
17
Posted at 3:23 pm

It was a meaningless basketball game. Wait. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever used the words “meaningless” and “basketball game” in the same sentence. And it was definitely the last time. Still, as basketball games go, it was as close to meaningless as a game could get. It was a professional summer [...]

Jul
11
Posted at 2:50 am

Standing in line at the grocery store (24 check-out stands, but only one cashier? Really?), two teenagers in shorts and tank tops were bemoaning the dark, threatening clouds that were billowing outside. “I can’t believe it’s going to rain today,” one of the young men said as he piled soft drinks, chips, cookies, cold cuts [...]

Jul
03
Posted at 1:12 am

For Sgt. Brock Jones and the rest of the soldiers in his unit stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, this Fourth of July will be a day like any other. “We don’t have any special plans for the day,” he wrote in a recent email to a member of his family. “In most cases, it’s [...]

I’m currently powerless. Or perhaps more accurately stated, I’m currently current-less. According to the power company, a truck hit a power pole or something, and that has cut off the power to 500 or so residents in our area. They should be able to fix it within a few hours, they say. But for now, [...]

Jun
19
Posted at 8:45 pm

I find it to be ironic that June is both National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and National Candy Month. Isn’t that a little like cheering for both Brazil and Mexico in the World Cup? Ironic or not, June is full of national days and observances that seem more consistent with National Candy Month than [...]

Jun
12
Posted at 12:00 am

There are easier knots to tie than the classic double Windsor – especially for 9-year-old fingers still struggling with the intricacies of the shoelace double knot. But when my eldest son, Joe, got his first non-clip-on tie for his ninth birthday, I was determined that he would learn to tie it properly. And as far [...]

Jun
05
Posted at 1:39 am

My project manager, Vince, is worried about me. Of course, all good managers worry about the health and happiness of those who they manage. And make no mistake about it: Vince is a good manager. But in his wide eyes and furrowed brow I can see today the unmistakable concern of a manager who thinks [...]

May
29
Posted at 11:24 am

It was just a little hole, that’s all it was – a little hole in the PVC pipe in my front yard sprinkling system. An easy fix. A simple patch job – 15 minutes, max.  Anyone could do it. Well, OK – almost anyone. If there was a league of handyman super heroes, I’d be [...]

May
24
Posted at 11:39 pm

 Nobody is exactly sure when and where the Memorial Day tradition was started. The historical record indicates that President Lyndon Baines Johnson officially declared Waterloo, N.Y., as the birthplace of Memorial Day by presidential proclamation in 1966. But at least one online source – www.usmemorialday.org – indicates there are more than two dozen other communities [...]