Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]

Dad managed to keep this daughter happy

By Alexis Domme: Guest columnist Something I’ll always appreciate about my dad is that he will drop whatever he is doing to make his daughters happy.  When I was in eighth grade, my soccer team discovered our coach had quit. This was halfway through the season and the league basically said, “Too bad.” We were […]

Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only […]

War is different these days

By Ray Sullivan For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of how war is fought today. We saw how breathtakingly complex it is and will be. And we were reminded of how deadly simple it always has been: Kill first, kill often and you win. Our visit […]

Lawn mower fixed against all odds

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, when I decided to spend a pleasant weekend afternoon in my ancient, crippled recliner, I noticed something disturbing through the front window. Saundra had taken the lawn mower from the garage and was wheeling it into view. I could pretend not to see her, but she would know […]

Marriage advice from famous, and not-so-famous

By Bob Huber Here at the Making June Weddings More Meaningful Institute we’re studying ways for this year’s crop of newlyweds to stay married, or at least put up a good front. In this regard we quote Lyndon B. Johnson when he said, “Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy — one […]

Life is delicious

By Joan Clayton When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his Dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried.  Lane made life “delicious.” My husband says I have Christmas every day, but one Christmas is forever engraved upon my heart. […]

Clutter can be a new look

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear […]

June full of important holidays

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is the month of June, which is bustin’ out all over with rambunctious celebrations like Father’s Day, weddings, the summer solstice, Flag Day, and the most wonderful day of all — my birthday. As you can see, June is a frenzy of activity, spiked with cheap champagne and police roadblocks. […]

D-Day veterans deserve our respect

By Jim Lee Sixty years ago today, the biggest invasion in history began. The events at Normandy on June 6, 1944, stir up so many thoughts and feelings. It took place nine months before I was born, so I can’t honestly say I know what anybody went through back then. I have read about D-Day, […]