Opinion

Nothing but a pleasant time

Local Commentaries

A post on social media has had me thinking for a week or so. A friend asked for input from anyone in their mid-thirties or above on a question regarding a social interaction that I find myself experiencing more and more as I age. “How far do you go in continuing to make the first contact ...

My… ‘Between Dirt & Sky’

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I am flying to San Francisco see the musical, Between Dirt & Sky. Traveling over 2,500 miles to see a show may seem excessive... until you understand that Between Dirt & Sky is a musical I have written with my writing partner and friend, Lisa Quoresimo. While interviewing at San Jose ...

Wedgies and wedges

Local Commentaries

Ever get a wedgie? For those unfamiliar with the adolescent practice, a wedgie is performed by thugs who grab the waistband of your underwear and yank it upward to create the wedging effect. On Seinfeld, we were introduced to the “atomic” wedgie, a new concept to me, in which so much ...

Spring has sprung

Local Commentaries

I just read about a garden that had Bachelor Buttons growing. That reminded me of my great-grandfather. The garden beside his home had those and they were so pretty. I tried to grow some once, but they never took. Temperatures have been on the yoyo pattern during this early spring. ...

The merry prankster

Local Commentaries

William loves humor. Unfortunately, he's just not very good at it. He has a ready store of jokes. Some are funny (and usually old enough that I remember telling them in my own childhood). For instance: “Knock knock!” “Who's there?” “Little old lady.” ...

Internal dialogue

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I had a recent discussion with someone who experienced a loved one taking their own life. The conversation itself did not dive too deep into the circumstances surrounding why, or the emotional roller coaster leading up to the tragedy, but what it did do was leave a lasting impression on me. The ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Better students of our motives Dear Editor, I am grateful for this forum where readers can openly and freely share opinions, and find the variety interesting. There is also opportunity to respond in the paper or, if one knows the party, in person. Debating the points can be ...

Our Opinion: Genuine

Our Opinion

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Our Opinion: Hiding the truth?

Our Opinion

Syrian officials insist they did not use chemical weapons against civilians on April 7. Russian and Iranian leaders back them up. One Russian official accused the United States, England and France of having an ulterior motive for their missile attack on Syria last week. It was an attempt to ...

Our Opinion: Diplomacy working

Our Opinion

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on chemical ...

Our Opinion: Bitter frame of mind

Our Opinion

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

I love Friday the 13th

Local Commentaries

Yesterday was Friday the 13th. I really kind of love the heck out of everything that is supposed to be unlucky. If I have to choose a number for anything, or am told I can choose any of a set of numbered things, I will choose 13. Or, if they go high enough, I’ll totally take number 666. ...

The shot

Local Commentaries

Prior to 2008, I had never really attempted anything remotely close to photography, outside of a couple of classes in high school, that I may or may not have taken because it was better than whatever the alternative would have been. Nevertheless, my time at the Times Observer has forced me to ...

High school fashion

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Yesterday I received an update for a reunion that will be held for my high school class this fall. Memories flowed as I read what was planned. Although I have seen my classmates since graduation I still picture them just as they used to be. I grew up in the 60s so the fashion from that ...

Dream on

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I was having lunch with a friend the other day when another friend approached our table. She said: “I have to tell you about a dream I had! We were having lunch with Viv and Bob in this beautiful garden!” Viv and Bob were my in-laws and they died several years ago. This woman and her ...

You’re from where?

Local Commentaries

I’ve noticed that when young people introduce themselves it’s by their first names only. I’m always waiting to hear their last name. If I ask them the reaction seems like “Why do you want to know?” I guess I want to know because that’s how we grew up, learning who people were by ...

Meritocracy-Not

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Talent is distributed evenly but opportunities are not. If an American inherited wealth, was Caucasian, was the product of generations of stable family life, and was male, he would — in the game of life — be born on base or perhaps have runs already on the scoreboard. Can ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Opportunities not even Dear Editor, Talent is distributed evenly but opportunities are not. If an American inherited wealth, was Caucasian, was the product of generations of stable family life, and was male, he would — in the game of life — be born or perhaps have runs already on the ...

Our Opinion: Wait and see

Our Opinion

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Entitled or rudeness? Dear Editor, Neither. On 3/21/18, I walked in to a local BBQ restaurant and paid for an order that I had called in earlier for pick up. I was a little early so I had to wait for my food when 3 vehicles pulled up with men from the Refinery that are here to work ...