We can be our own worst enemies

My wife and I recently went to a local box store to buy an item she had seen online but needed quickly. We couldn’t wait days for it to be shipped. But the item, of course, was not available in stores. And that is a growing problem: Brick and mortar stores want us to buy from them, but much of their inventory is available online only.... more


Being a doomsday prepper not in my future

I would never make it as a doomsday prepper. Does anyone remember the show about preppers than ran for a couple of years not that long ago? It showed people who were preparing for “events” they thought would happen so they and their family could survive.... more


Political purity tests bad for the country

Not much these days makes me bristle like the term “political purity.” Want to know why so much has gone wrong in our government? Look no further than political purity and the purity tests being used by both parties. They are pushing division in Washington to the breaking point, and we as citizens are caught in the middle. Well, at least most of us are. Some are pushing the political purity line.... more


Theaters may be in the past for me

I am not sure I will ever go back to a movie theater. It is not that I don’t like movies – I love movies. I have great memories of going to see movies. I saw all of the Planet of The Apes movies at the theater with my buddies decades ago. We loved those things. And it was always a double feature for 75 cents. One of our moms would drop us off and we had a few hours in the air conditioning to be lost in another world.... more


Yet another reason to dislike flying

I have never been a great flier. I have flown a lot and all over the place – Guam, Europe, the Caribbean, Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean I like it.... more


Sure it's a little gross, but it's also funny

It was a beautiful day in Nebraska. Well, as beautiful a day as you can have in Nebraska. Nebraska, while a fine state, is not exactly known for its vast beauty.... more


Drought, heat killing the West

As someone born and raised in the desert, I know what living in hot, dry weather is all about. One of the things I and others who have moved to cooler, wetter parts of the country love to do is tease our friends who still live in the desert Southwest. They tease us in the winter when it is great there – we tease them in the summer when it is much nicer here.... more


I am keeping my masks and toilet paper stocked

I will admit it. It is pretty weird. You go through your entire life not doing something, and then you have to start doing it all the time. Then suddenly, boom! You don’t have to do it anymore.... more


Love my friends, no matter who they love

My best friend when I was a kid was named Randy. Randy and I were practically inseparable until high school. That is when, even though he lived one block over, he went to one high school and I went to another. The district boundaries were tightly enforced.... more


Trip to Roswell, N.M. is alien abduction free

Aliens, UFOs, abductions. These are all topics that have fascinated me for decades. I got my first cheap paperback book about aliens when I was probably 10 years old. And there was one place it mentioned, a place that is the epicenter for all UFO loving people like me: Roswell, N.M.... more


You don't have to accept the truth, but it is still the truth

Truth. What is the truth? These days, it depends on who you ask. It used to be that there were things that were true and things that were false. That no longer seems to be the case. And it is quite confusing.... more


There are many things I haven't done since I was a kid

The other day I was driving through a parking lot and I stopped for a mother and young daughter who were walking toward a business. Well, the mom was walking. The girl was doing some strange, high-step looking jog. What was she doing?... more


'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.... more