1 week 5 days ago
There is a bouquet of zinnias in my bathroom in a tall ivory vase. They are red, purple and burnt orange. The color is more vivid than a Kodachrome slide.
They appear there every few days during the summer, almost as if by magic. I have never seen them wilt. While I am running around chasing story leads and interviewing people, a new...
2 weeks 4 days ago
Jilda and I have always had dogs. Most of them were “throw-aways” that showed up at our front door limping, with mange, worms, and other maladies stemming from abuse and neglect.
A big red dog of questionable lineage wandered up several years ago. He was so old that his teeth were worn down to nubs and one of his ears had been...
3 weeks 5 days ago
I have been in a love affair for most of my life. I started out younger than most, but I understood at a tender age the power of the attraction.
Before you start thinking that old Rick has lost his marbles, let me explain that my love affair is with coffee.
I remember one cool December morning when I was about five years old. I had...
4 weeks 4 days ago
There are things we give that will outlive us. This train of thought pulled into my mental terminal a few weeks ago while sitting on the back deck watching our great nephew Jordan play.
His mom had to work late and his Nana had a doctor's appointment, so I picked him up at school.
I asked him if he had eaten. "Only a little...
5 weeks 4 days ago
It is funny what I remember from childhood. Some memories are fuzzy, but others are as vivid as an Imax movie that comes rushing back at a sound or smell.
This morning was chilly, so slipping on a sweater seemed the wise thing to do as I stepped down for the morning paper.
I involuntarily shivered for the first time this fall. On the...
6 weeks 5 days ago
It is late in the third quarter of my life, and it has finally dawned on me that someday is today.
Someday is a catchall word used flippantly. It is a time we will not find on any calendar. “Yes, we’ll go to Paris someday.” Or maybe, “I’m going back to school to finish my degree someday.” But when is someday...
6 weeks 5 days ago
My office was a mess with months of magazines and stacks of unread books. There were knick-knacks and souvenirs hanging on the wall that had been there for years.
Setting my jaw, I decided it was time to do some reorganization. However, my efforts ended abruptly when I moved some old festival badges and came across a pair of...
8 weeks 4 days ago
I have spent a great deal of time near water these last few days. There is something about waning light at summer’s end, or maybe it is something deeper that I do not yet understand, but I am drawn there. Driving by without pulling in for a few moments is not an option for me.
Like today, Jilda had worked hard on projects that had...
9 weeks 4 days ago
It became apparent yesterday that I have taken the art of procrastination to a new level, one usually only occupied by people dreading to pay income tax or men who must go shopping for window treatments.
I waited until I could hear the deadline whizzing toward me before I sat down to write my column for this week. Even then, I felt compelled...