A New Point of View

From my office desk I can look up the stairs to my music room and see this big half-round topped window which faces West. It just dawned on me that if I were to move a few of my drums I could put a chair in there and witness these breathtaking fall sunsets we are…

‘Tis The Season

’tis the season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la , la la la la. So how Jolly are you? Jolly happy and cheerful. “He was a jolly man, full of jokes.” Snyonms” cheerful · happy · cheery · good-humored · jovial · merry When is the last time someone described you as “jolly”?…

Baaad Dude

Is that really December coming on up the road right there? Will we so soon be running out of 2016? What were those goals I set last January 1st? A couple of days ago I went to the back of our front closet in our living room and brought out my old black leather jacket…

Supermoon

Yes, at our home that supermoon was peeping through the trees. They say that it was the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades – as it made its way across the skies on Sunday and Monday nights.We had lots of clouds but then the clouds gradually disappeared and we saw that beautiful bright…

The Santa Train

In 1972 the first Grand Trunk Western RR Santa Train pulled out from the Car Shops in Port Huron and now 24 years later it is still on the road every Christmas. There is a nice story about it in the new book from Michigan State University Press’ “John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk…

A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis used to sing about “A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.” Well I predict that in Washington in the very near future there will be “A whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on.” Already there are some real signs of stress from the leaders of several of our Allies. And there is uncertainty…

A Little Love

Maybe it is me, but I have never seen so much anger, so much hatred on display as I have in our current political campaign. I am reminded of the lines written by Roger Hammerstein for that wonderful play and movie South Pacific.  They went… “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear You’ve…

Smart or Stupid?

The other day I was in BoJangles with a yellow pad and a pen and for no reason at all I started making a list of the smartest things I have ever done in my life and the another list of the stupidest things I’ve done. On the wisest things list I noticed that following…

Examining my life

In 1948 I went to work for the Grand Trunk Railroad in Detroit. Then in 1951 I was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea as a combat rifleman. I was wounded in combat and awarded a Purple Heart. When I returned to the railroad in 1953 I was given a low grade…

Fiddler

In the great musical, Fiddler On The Roof, Tevia the philosopher explains a summary of total beliefs when he says, “Life is like a fiddler on a roof trying to eke out a simple tune while simultaneously hanging onto the roof to keep from falling.” When I studied human behaviorist, Alexander Maslow’s, Hierarchy Of Needs,…