Category Archives: Commentary

Santa Ana Winds

Back in October of 1993, I was working in California and experienced my first Santa Ana winds. They are fierce and if there is a smoldering or worse yet, a burning fire in the canyons of southern California the winds bring destruction, tragedy and death. I wrote a commentary then that seems appropriate to me this morning as I read about the fires and Santa Ana winds of sixty to seventy miles per hour now threatening areas around Los Angeles. “Today began for me listening…

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Grandfather Gap

As a grandfather, I am having the pleasure of spending Columbus holiday time with my soon to be thirteen year old twin granddaughters. Oh my, am I out of touch. So far I’ve learned that Pink is not a color, but a popular singer, so is Rihanna as are the Jonas Brothers and they’ve all been number one on the charts. Hey, I’d never heard of any of them until a day or so ago. I didn’t know that Victoria Secret has a kids division…

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Drains! Mine and the Nations

A chromium drainpipe under my kitchen sink corroded and disintegrated and I had to replace it. Water from the drain leaked all over the place. I discovered the corrosion as I tried to fix a leak by tightening a connecting nut. The pressure of my turning wrench severed the already weakened connection. Now I had a bigger problem. As I looked at it I wondered what it had to teach me about current life events, then I called a plumber. The parallels are amazing. Like…

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Fear

Perhaps it is time to talk about fear. If you break it down fear is the process of not getting what you want and if you parse fear you come up with all sorts of reasons to panic, to attempt to control the situation, to escape from the seemingly inevitable, to get out with what you can and hide until it seems safe. Yep…that’s panic all right. There are many causes of today’s economic fear. One of them is greed, both corporate and individual. Greed…

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