• Holiday family portraits

    My family went down to Wal-Mart the other day to get the “$5.95 Family Photo Special.” I have a sharp eye for a bargain, however, you have to be firm to actually get it.

    They’re just hoping to lure you in with a ridiculously low price. Later, they’ll try to sell you some wildly expensive packet of photos. I’d never allow myself to be hoodwinked because I’m Mr. Firm!

  • The joy is in the journey

    I pressed on, hiking about 50 feet in front of Mary, who was straining to keep up. Dave, not in any particular hurry, lagged behind her another 15 yards or so.

    “I just know the clearing in the woods was right about here,” I shouted back to my two grown children.

    Still unable to find the clearing, I picked up my pace even more, stretching the distance between the three of us.

  • The 12 days of Christmas

    Christmas is upon us.

    Everybody knows the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Have you ever wondered what it’s all about? Is it just a nonsensical song that has repeating lines? Or could it be a coded message to those that know of a much deeper meaning?

    Its origins are debated to this day.

    It’s agreed the song started in England but there’s where the agreement ends.

  • Small Business Saturday

    Nell Haydon
    Director Springfield Main Street/Renaissance

    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year.  The day was created and marketed by American Express in 2010 to promote shopping at your small, locally-owned independent businesses on the day after Black Friday.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving, or Thanksmas?

    It won’t happen again until the year 79811. That’s 77,798 years from now. So if you’re Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I’m referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

  • A few thoughts

    You know what?

    Life today is so stressful that it ruins most of our marriages, causes people not to want to have children, leads to so much alcohol and drug abuse and just in general destroys the very roots of our civilization.  We read about so many shootouts and massacres of innocent people that we are no longer shocked.  Most of the time, the person committing the crime is doing so against their own families, neighbors and co-workers.  Most of the time, the folks left will say they never would have suspected them to do such a things.

  • Still remember

    I was in my eighth-grade civics class at Springfield Elementary School (Middle School did not exist there then—eighth-grade play, eighth-grade trip and eighth-grade graduation were BIG events then—a simpler time).  Some adult came to our class to tell us about the president being shot.  We were all in shock!  These things did not happen 50 years ago.

    I noticed they did not go to the room next door where my favorite seventh- and eighth-grade history teacher was teaching—Mrs. Anna Mae Clarkson. 

  • No escaping the reality of global warming

    I sat down to the evening news. That’s not always the best thing to do if you want to unwind for the day, which was my intent.

  • Do not be misled

    ‘Even paranoids have enemies’
    - Golda Meir,
    Prime Minister of Israel

    I love quotes. Most say simple truths in a few words. Others are totally misleading.

    Take this one in the misleading category for instance: “Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” Bull hockey! I’ve been to a few girls’ grade school basketball games. I think I’ve seen a few moves made on the court that are in the Marine Corps Close-Quarter Combat Manual.

  • Living on the way of life’s exit

    We are young”
    - Fun.

    It’s 7 a.m. on any given weekday, and the regular crowd shuffles in. No one asks where to sit; it’s been settled by habit over the years.

    I’m at the retirement facility in Lubbock, Texas, where my mom and dad live. And on this day, I join my dad’s breakfast bunch. This morning Dad, age 89, is undergoing a knee replacement while Mom, 92, waits in their apartment.