Making a Difference Award for September 2022

Volume XX, Number 39 (Issue 991) September 26, 2022 Making a Difference Award for September 2022 This month’s Making a Difference Award recognizes a long-time friend and former colleague, Roy Seifert, who earned the distinction by going above and beyond for a total stranger who needed a helping hand. As Roy tells it, a few […]

Get to the Point 

 Volume XX, Number 38 (Issue 990) September 19, 2022  Get to the Point  It is with mixed feelings, including ample concern that I am likely to hear the phrase “Pot, meet Kettle,” that I undertake today’s essay. That’s because I know I can be guilty of the specific peevish behavior I am about to describe and […]


Volume XX, Number 37 (Issue 989) September 12, 2022 Blinders If you are a passing fan of movies or TV shows set in the old west, pioneer times, or New York’s Central Park, you probably can recall dozens of scenes where there was a wagon, a buggy, a plow, or even a carriage being pulled […]

The Pride of the Craftsman

Volume XX, Number 36 (Issue 988) September 5, 2022 The Pride of the Craftsman Today is Labor Day – the day we set aside each year to honor the American worker for the contributions they have made to the growth, spirit, and success of this great nation. The first Labor Day parade was held on […]

The August 2022 Making a Difference Award

Volume XX, Number 35 (Issue 987) August 29, 2022 The August 2022 Making a Difference Award A few weeks ago (July 18, 2022, to be precise) I offered up a couple of stories of individuals who had taken it upon themselves to do something nice for another individual without thought or expectation of any recognition […]


Volume XX, Number 34 (Issue 986) August 22, 2022 Capitalization How many of the capitalization rules do you remember from your grammar lessons? Without looking it up I know you capitalize the first word in a sentence and proper names and titles. Beyond that, I am obliged to rely on the editor feature in Word […]

Go to the Source

Volume XX, Number 33 (Issue 985) August 15, 2022 Go to the Source A tale is told of a couple enjoying a quiet picnic by the banks of a mountain stream as the first signs of fall appear. Suddenly, their picnic is interrupted by the sounds of a small child screaming for help. Looking around, […]

Complex Organisms

Volume XX, Number 32 (Issue 984) August 8, 2022 Complex Organisms While many of the organisms in this world are single cell (think bacteria, amoeba, protozoa, algae, and fungi), the ones you and I can best relate to are of the multicell variety (think plants, insects, animals, and people). There is no arguing that multicell […]

Piece and Peace of Mind

 Volume XX, Number 31 (issue 983) August 1, 2022 Piece and Peace of Mind How many times have you given someone a piece of your mind? How many more times have you wanted to say precisely what you were thinking, and you believed they needed to hear it, only to bite your tongue? One of […]

Chain of Events

 Volume XX, Number 30 (Issue 982) July 25, 2022 Chain of Events Have you ever thought about the chain of events that has brought you to this point? Throughout your life people made choices as have you that have shaped, helped, driven, sometimes hurt, or held you back. It is the combination, sequence, and sum […]