Archive for 2007

Raised on Toys

Some people can only remember horrific instances of childhood agony. Traumatic childhood experiences. I remember my toys. When I was real young, barely old enough to walk, it was Lincoln Logs, the wooden building blocks and red plastic roofs. Shortly after it was a steel erector set. For some reason I loved building things up [...]

The Birth of Something Good

Eleven feet of snow sits outside my door. Not many people can comprehend eleven feet of snow. They hear it, and they think, well, I’m five and a half feet, so two of me…c’mon, you’ve got to be kidding. The snow can’t possibly be that high! True, it’s not. The snow settles and the bottom [...]

The Secrets To Great Dates

By Bernadette Sukley Valentine’s Day: Tell him/her where you are going ahead of time and make sure you are dressed appropriately. So he’s not wearing jeans to Chez Yvonne or she’s not in black satin for the Wings & Things’ Light Beer Night. Choose a place that’s meaningful for both of you. The classics (wine, [...]

The Hands We Hold

When you’re young, everything seems big. I was a little boy, not much larger than the stuffed bear that sat on my bed, when we drove up to an old wooden barn the size of a factory, the wood gray as a porpoise. It was early fall and the trees were bright yellow, like a [...]

The Frontier

The world has always had a frontier, an edge beyond which nothing was known. Most famous of these frontiers was the dark and endless waters beyond the Azores during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Most people believed that the world was flat and that the water went on forever, until the sailing ship would suddenly [...]


I have opinions on everything. Except politics. Now that is not really true, I have opinions on politics, but I seldom voice them. I don’t like politics. I don’t think they are worth arguing about most of the time. I believe there is a right way and a wrong way, no real gray areas, to [...]

Collecting Dust

I am a collector of things. It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as there a “number” of them to collect. When I was real young I used to go around the house “bumping” into dressers, desks, and chairs to see what things would fall off. Most of the time pennies, paper clips, [...]

This Year

The New Year has come, and you know what, no one dreaded its coming. Everyone looked forward to the New Year with expectation, hope, enthusiasm. Why? People love new beginnings, new chances, fresh starts. People like to turn the page. They like the idea of starting over. It’s not that we are unhappy with what [...]