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I'm So Glad I'm Not a [Blank]

I don't know how often I've thought to myself, "I'm glad I'm not a [Blank]." Fill in the blank. I use a blank, because there are a number of things I'm glad I'm not! Once in my travails, I came across a free-range chicken farm that truly is free range. No
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Posted by on August 27, 2018

I'm So Glad I'm Not a [Blank]

I don't know how often I've thought to myself, "I'm glad I'm not a [Blank]." Fill in the blank. I use a blank, because there are a number of things I'm glad I'm not! Once in my travails, I came across a free-range chicken farm that truly is free range. No
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Posted by on August 27, 2018

Those Words: It was his own fault!

I'm guilty. You're very probably guilty. Yes, likely we're all guilty. We're guilty of using the expression, "But it was his own fault!" I knew a couple of young boys -twins- to whom I was never close. They were foolish boys, sons of a woman whom I had me
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Posted by on July 12, 2018

What in the Dickens is a Caucasian, Anyway?

Anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach [1752-1840] erroneously postulated, about the turn of the 19th century, the origin of the “white race" as being from the Caucasus mountain region. Hence, the term Caucasian. In the U.S. one of the most commo
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Posted by on June 24, 2018

Socks and Being Cool in School

When I was very young, I had, as probably almost all kids had, no choice in what I wore. Mom was the sole authority in the matter. Some of the things she chose for me I hated, though I'd love 'em now. Things like a camel's hair coat and hat. Now Mom was b
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Posted by on May 22, 2018

Donations from Benefactors: How Much Does It Amount To, Really?

A rich man was reputed by a university to have donated something over a million dollars to build a branch facility to help kids. This was so appreciated they named the building after him. And here's the thing. I do not mention the guy's name, because it is
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Posted by on May 5, 2018

A Letter to Rootsweb Concerning Nelson County, Virginia History

There are few pursuits that generate more enthusiasm or involve greater detective work than the quest for the family history. Every manner of hint or clue, ever report or document, every search technique conceivable, must be employed. One modern online too
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Posted by on May 2, 2018

Homewreckers Need To Shut Up

I noticed something recently that REALLY ticked me off. Some people actively campaigning against . It was quite obvious from what they were saying they were pimping a ridiculous agenda. They were promoting unwed partnerships as if they were sup
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Posted by on April 18, 2018

Can Dreams Get Worse Than This?

Good grief, I thought I had experienced every dream just short of a nightmare anyone could dream. Was I ever wrong! Last night's dreams were doozies. One of 'em stands head and shoulders above the rest... Toward the end of the night I dreamed my family an
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Posted by on April 11, 2018

What is a Lunatic? An Interesting Example of Word Morphology

"Did you read in the newspaper some lunatic was on the prowl again?"You've heard the word, perhaps used in a fashion similar to the above; you've even used the word yourself. But could you give a clear definition what it means? And do you know how its mean
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Posted by on April 9, 2018

What Makes Use of the Term ORIENTAL Offensive?

Most of my life, whenever we referred to a person who was Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, and so forth, we used the word Oriental. That man or woman was "an Oriental" or they were "Oriental". There was no suggestion of better or worse, no intended ne
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Posted by on April 8, 2018