Change is a good thing, right?

I must be a very shallow man. Maybe I’m just thick in the noggin? Son Shamus has taken to calling me, ‘Dad.? I’m not used to it and I am not sure how I feel about it. Let me back up here a moment. The word ‘dad? is not a four-letter word, hence some would […]

‘And now . . . the rest of the story?

Lickity-split and just like that we are knee-deep into the holiday season. Hot damn and pass the eggnog! I love this time of year . . . it is not even Thanksgiving yet, and I have Christmas music playing (softly, as not to bum out the rest of the staff here at the paper) on […]

Things sure have changed in 228 years

This past weekend with fireworks and much merriment, we celebrated the declaration of our country’s independence. Not, as some get confused, our being independent from the old world’s superpower, England. On July 4, 1776 we merely announced to the world that we were free and were prepared to back up our words with action. ‘When […]

It’s really December? Already? Yikes.

By the time this column hits the streets, the first week in December, 2010 will be in full swing. That means it’s only a few short weeks to Christmas. And, that means I am still on track for gift purchasing to take place in about 22 days. Which means if I can save a dollar […]

Do female frogs croak?

Growing up in the late 1960s through the 1970s one of the things my family did together, after dinner, most nights, was watch game shows. We watched Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Match Game, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal and Hollywood Squares. (I am sure there’s more, but space is tight.) […]

All right already. Some Christmas music favs

Okay. Last week I shared some of my least favorite Christmas songs. Songs like, Simply having a Wonderful Christmastime, Do They Know It’s Christmas, The Christmas Shoes, and basically anything by Trans Siberian Orchestra. To wrap up last week’s gem of creative writing, I invited readers to share some of their own personal holiday negativities […]

I want to start seeing some red

Readers — listen up! (That almost makes sense.) I want you to rev up your red writing utensils and get ready to start marking up your Oxford Leader (or Lake Orion Review, Clarskston News and Citizen). We want you to show us what you read. To do that, cross out those articles and stories you […]

Power Outages Continue

Much to the chagrin of folks in these parts, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter hooked up Sunday causing all sorts of havoc. At 8 .m. Monday morning, all area surface roads were iced over. And, many folks have no power. Click here, for a power outage map from DTE. It is updated every […]

Reagan Remembered

‘Where’s your favorite guy?? Sean, 4, asked me, as he, his older brother Shamus and I watched the horse-drawn funeral hearse on the television screen. ‘He’s under that American flag,? I answered. ‘In a coffin.? ‘Your favorite guy is dead,? Sean stated flatly. ‘Yes,? I agreed. ‘That man’s name is Ronald Reagan. He’s one of […]

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow . . .

This week’s Happy Thought: Winter officially starts next week. I make that my Happy Thought, so I can pretend this week didn’t happen . . . . . . Okay, that didn’t work. Rat-Smackin-Frackin-Blizin! It is gonna be a long winter. And, I know, I know, you happy-go-lucky, sunshine and flower folks, like former Clarkston […]