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The contrasts between the 44th and 45th presidents of the United States of America could not be more divergent. Cool, collected, studious and professorial, Barack Obama never mastered our 36th President Lyndon Johnson's adroit ability to press the more
Prior to this editorial position, I had been a professional writer for a couple of decades. Having previously written business profiles, radio commercials, trade magazine articles and a graduate thesis, I had never fully realized the amount of discourse more
I could understand if the house was filled with kids, up at 5 a.m. and anxiously waiting to dig into their stockings. Any dog would pick up on the excitement and know, for sure, that something was different. Those days are long gone here and, while we more
In the 17th century “Italian Commedia” a clown character well known for alternating acts of boastfulness and cowardice is called “Scaramuccia” or “little skirmisher.” more
I now understand why they made a 24-hour day. Twenty-five hours just doesn't work, or more accurately there's more time than what's good for us. Of course, that's not how most people view the return to standard time. Rather, it's touted as an opportunity more
In modern public life, even the most prejudiced characters learn to camouflage their bigotry in order to survive in the political game. On the contrary, one might remember the days of the late Alabama Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace. more
Want healthier kids? Get a pet If your kids have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters, you may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added … more
One would think the publisher of a newspaper would know what's in that day's paper, no less that a paper is being printed. But that wasn't the case Thursday. Yes, a Beacon was printed and distributed Thursday morning as has happened for years. But then more
I've found a new use for those plastic orange bags the Journal and the Beacon use for delivery. You know the ones I mean; the ones you see poking from the pockets of people walking their dogs. The revolutionary new use quite literally hit me. More more
I gave him my ice cream bowl. I know they say you shouldn't give dogs ice cream. But it was just the empty bowl with a coating of coffee ice cream that I couldn't get with a spoon. Really, how could that be dangerous? Ollie was watching my every move, more
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