Cashier

BBQ Adventure

We drove over to the Smithfield’s Bar BQ & Chicken outside Mebane, NC and as we were at the counter ordering  I asked the cashier, “What is that white stuff they give you with fish?” and she said, “Tartar Sauce?”  and I said “Yes.  And what is the red stuff they give you with Bar…

My Songs and Memories

I’ve been using CD’s with the songs I have written in the past in live presentations with Senior groups recently. . Most of these songs were taped by a musical genius named Greg Brayton. I wrote them and we recorded them from 1997 to 2001. I also use a few songs for children I’d recorded…

Old Business Cards

On October 7th, 1946 I received my Diplomat signed by William M. Scholl,MD, President of The Scholl Mfg. Inc. It stated that I had honorably completed the Course of Instructions in Fitting and Adjusting Dr. Scholl’s Foot Comfort Appliances. I was just 17 years old and I was working after school in Thompson’s Shoe Store…

I'm Good Smily Face

I’m Good

The old Sears Roebuck Catalog used in so many outhouses in the 1930’s often had three different models of products listed in price as Good, Better and Best.  When I have offered help or maybe a drink of pop to teens and older men they often respond “I’m good.”  That seems to have irritated me…

Snow

Let it snow, Let it snow

Wednesday we had a snowfall of 10 inches and it was still snowing, 12 inches when it finally stopped. My Mentor for many years was a wonderful man named Herb True, Ph.D. and Herb was becoming bald. He used to point to his balding head and say to audiences, “Now this might not look like…

Water Fall

Warming Jacket

In this recent Artic Blast our temperature here was low enough for us to take a new look at what we were wearing. I dug into my closet. I got to wearing a sweat shirt and a hoodie around the house and then before I went outside I dug deep, deep into my closet and…

New Year

Surviving 2018

I ran into a lady at Walmart’s I hadn’t seen for a while and she said to me, “What do you think, Art, do you think we will survive 2018?”  Now is that a nice thing to say to a guy who is 88 years old?  She wasn’t much over fifty I’d guess, and so…

Heart Beat

And The Beat Goes On

As I typed out “January 1st, 2018” I had a sort of historic feeling. I began my job with the Grand Trunk Western Railroad early in 1948 and worked for them until 1983. That totaled up to 35 years service. Then I totaled up the years I have been retired and I came up with…

Coming Out Of Your Shell

Climbing Out

When is the last time you climbed out of your shell? I said your shell, not your rut. Your shell, if it is anything like mine, is that place I climb into when I am fearful of a new situation. I encounter a lot of them and generally I take a deep, deep breath and…

Armistice agreement

Peace Be With You

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”  I keep thinking about how I prayed for peace when I was on the front lines in Korea. We knew that there was talk of a cease fire and peace negotiations between the U. N. and North Korea but the fighting continued. Then…