I don't totally understand it, but nothing brings me quite the happiness than receiving a photo with a text from a granddaughter - who just walked through our garden this morning while I am at work - saying "I just picked squash and flowers from the garden!" My life is complete. It seems vitally important [...]

When I was a little kid, maybe about 4 years old, we moved to a new neighborhood in a new town. Ah, a fresh start. I needed one because I was developing a bit of a criminal reputation in the old hood. You see, every afternoon my 18 year old step mother - that's another [...]

Every morning during the summer, myself, along with my colleagues, speak to a group of strangers. They are the students beginning their orientation to college life and their parents sit at tables behind their offspring.  I have been doing this for a long time now and this year looks like it will be my last [...]

For 7 months I have been walking...more like shuffling...in a lot of pain. Now I am not the smartest guy when it comes to taking care of my health issues. Some might even say I am rather stupid. My love ones just sort of shake their heads as I keep trying to ignore my obvious [...]

Woke up this morning and I looked out the front window. Then I walked into the kitchen and I looked out the back window. Those flowers were just picked from the backyard. I went outside to water a little garden I am growing to see what will grow well out here in Orland, California. The [...]

Last week I attended one of my granddaughters' 8th grade graduation.  She lived in Paradise, went through all the grief of the fire, had her school moved to another town. The school held their graduation ceremony in one of the few buildings still standing in Paradise, a fairly large church. There were probably 250 plus [...]