I’m not alone

As I’ve told family and friends that I canceled cable, I’ve been surprised at how many people told me they have done the same thing, in some cases, years ago! Although I canceled service a week ago Friday, as of this afternoon, I still have cable service. The day of [...]

By | October 27th, 2010|0 Comments

Breaking up is hard to do

It’s not easy to say you don’t feel the same way, that “things” have changed when you have lived together for over ten years. It’s sad to think the only times you’ll have together have already taken place. Yes it’s sad but I don’t want to go on like this [...]

By | October 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Bye-bye cable TV

I've been thinking about canceling my TV service for almost a month; today I finally did it. In seven days, unless I return the cable equipment before that, I will no longer have TV in my house. When it comes to TV, I've lost that lovin' feeling. Political palaver dominates [...]

By | October 15th, 2010|0 Comments

No Consequences, No Surprise

If there were no consequences for running a red light or robbing a bank, more people would run red lights and rob banks. Since there are no consequences when the CA State Legislature fails to pass a budget on time, it comes as no surprise that year after year, the [...]

By | September 16th, 2010|2 Comments

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

It’s been a while since I read a book so captivating that I started to feel sad as the end of the book approached. But that’s what happened with Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is an endearing character. For all his simplicity (he can barely read and [...]

By | June 15th, 2010|0 Comments

This is fun!

This is fun! I was sitting on the deck at the Apple Box after one of the recent rain storms that have played havoc with weekend barbeques but that have eased fears of drought. The rain had stopped and the sun was just starting to peek out from behind the [...]

By | June 10th, 2010|0 Comments


Saturday, May 8 was the sixteenth time a dedicated group of volunteers got together to participate in the Petaluma River Cleanup. Three years ago, I became chair of the committee that plans the event. I came to be chair not because I wanted the position but because every one else [...]

By | May 9th, 2010|0 Comments

Little things can add up

Years spent watching TV A piece on the news last week caught my attention. It talked about the number of hours a day the average American spends in front of a TV; four hours. That may not seem like much until you convert that number into years spent over a [...]

By | April 27th, 2010|0 Comments

Conversation with a young smoker

I walked to town last week, down Water St., along the river. As I approached the pedestrian bridge, I saw a young woman sitting by herself on a cement parking bumper. I guess she was in her teens; I knew she was smoking a cigarette. Smoking cigarettes has terrible effects [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|5 Comments

What’s in a name?

Human societies place great value and significance on naming things and therefore we have a name for almost everything. From the fold of skin under the beak of a turkey (a wattle) to a circle of upright monoliths (a cromlech), if you can talk about it, we have given it [...]

By | January 2nd, 2010|1 Comment