A Clear and Present Danger

I am referring to what passes for communication today, and especially from leaders and those with access to large audiences. I started noticing a growing problem with the 2nd Bush Administration (sorry for immediately going political here, but it cannot be helped). I would see spokespersons for the 2nd Bush Administration say something absurd, usually …

Navigating Through Medicare and Medicare Advantage Choices

Oh boy, I have set a daunting task for myself here. If you are like me and using Medicare, then probably starting this past summer, your mailbox, email, and phone have been deluged with offers and outright annoyances from Medicare Advantage plan providers. My call block list on my phone has grown astronomically and I …

Veterans Day/Armistice Day and my Uncle Grover in the A.E.F.

I did a little research to find when Armistice Day became Veterans Day. President Eisenhower signed a proclamation in 1954 officially changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day. The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11th, 1919 in recognition of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I on the …

The Two Parties Are Killing the Country

Both the Democrats and the Republicans have changed positions of power in our government several times since the end of the Clinton presidency. Both parties come into power acting like they have this huge mandate behind them – they have not had this or even close. Think back to the presidential election between Al Gore …

The “Not” Morning News Programs

Am I the only one that is noticing the folks on the morning news programs never shut up? There is no conversation, just noise. They talk fast and often, piling noise on top of noise, and usually they do gang pile ups of noise, just ceaseless noise. Sometimes I think it is not humanly possible …

We are in trouble…I’m not exaggerating

First of all, let me preface this piece with a disclosure. I do not identify with either political party, I am not a Democrat and I am not a Republican. I like to do my own thinking and I will be damned before I will let somebody do my thinking for me. I like to …

Vermont Baked Beans (because I said so)

Ok, a bit of a departure here for me, but it is the time of year when baked beans are very popular, at least with me. My grandmother made baked beans and always brought them to every family gathering. I loved them, and I asked her to teach me how to bake beans. I wanted …