Don’t try to save me, Dad.

When I hear a sentence starting or ending with, ‘back in the good ol? days,? I automatically roll my eyes. I can’t help it, it’s instinctive. And I can honestly say the muscles that control my rolling eyes are ripped. They’re taunt and buff. They get exercised like no other muscle in my body. Longing […]

Time for AARP already?

When I first started typing columns back in 1986, one of the first ‘gems? of journalistic dribble I labeled Don’t Rush Me recorded (lamented) the fact I had found my first gray hair. At that time, when I was about 22, I was sensitive of my age. Everybody always thought I looked older than I […]

My (late) Memorial Day column

Hey, it’s been a short week, with the holiday and all coming on Monday. That said, this is the perfect time to once again dip into ye ol? mail bag. More perfecter (I know that’s not a word, but this is my column) was this e-mail and picture I got from Tony Pierce. Wrote Tony: […]

You Are The Boat

Oh — I don’t know, a little over a year ago I think — Pam Belding (or as I like to call her, Red) started sending me the ever-evolving manuscript she was writing. I hoped she did it so I could edit. Outside on the patio furniture I would sit and read. Armed with nothing […]

Neato, nifty Rush turned fifty

Lo these many years I’ve heard that when dudes hit the half century mark, weird crap starts happening. Don’t know if it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual — but I’ve heard these rumors for as long as I care to remember. Well I’m hear to say, based on my own extensive, scientific experiments, it must […]

Readers respond to gas

Last week I told you all not to pump and dash — don’t steal gas. I also opined about monster trucks sucking up the supply and driving up costs. So, I figured since I called out the Hummer/Navigator/Escalade drivers, I thought I would be lambasted by them. Like most of my assumptions, I was wrong. […]

No stickin? it to the man

You know and I know gas prices in these parts are, well, in a word sucky. According to, the statewide average cost for a Michigan gallon of gas in January 2007 was $2.11 (ah, the good ol? days). By the end of February the cost had crept up to $2.307 per gallon (still palatable). […]

Some father – sons bonding time

So, the other Sunday I was sitting on the couch in the living room with my sons, Shamus (15) and Sean (13 in a month). Part of our weekend ritual is to watch one Sunday morning political talk show, whilst eating breakfast so we can make observations about politics before we dive into vacuuming, washing, […]

Climate change?

Mere mortals, one and all. That’s us in the Great Lakes State. And as such, we can only wait and let nature complete its cycle. We are powerless against Jack Frost, Old Man Winter, et al. Well, that’s the way it used to be. Back in 2003 I wrote about more and more robins staying […]

Mothers, one and all for 99 years

In years past I have gotten all mushy when talking about the wonderfulness of moms. I still am thankful for my very own and for Jennie, mother for Shamus and Sean. The boys are very lucky they have Jennie to balance out the goofiness I bring to the parenting table. That said, I figured 2007 […]