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    Blessed are the peacemakers

    There they were - right in his face - a half dozen Confederate flags hatefully hoisted by presidential protestors taunting Barack Obama’s recent arrival in Oklahoma City with scorn and ridicule.


    Backyard hikes

    I presented a slide show on a series of area hiking trails at the Forks Resort on the south shore of Bass Lake last Saturday evening, introducing easy-to-strenuous adventures from Bass Lake to Yosemite National Park.


    Sierra’s Devils Table

    On July 4, I once again I visited Mono Hot Springs for my annual nature talk and rekindle old friendships from the last three decades. While sharing my adventures of the surrounding wilderness with everyone, it sparked my curiosity to visit one historical site which I haven’t seen for more...


    Hillary laughs

    Hillary Clinton was once touted by her supporters as the smartest person on the planet. She may be smart but she has been hiding her intellect lately. Certainly she has been hiding her integrity. Hillary finally deigned to offer to sit down for an interview with a CNN reporter. The reporter asked...


    Tea for Two

    I was gifted a long anticipated reunion with an estranged life-long acquaintance recently. Wanting to celebrate in superb style, I surprised her with a high tea at our area tea house, Time For Tea. I hate to divulge such, but this had sadly been my very first experience dining at this charming establishment...


    Girls, girls, girls

    It scored the highest soccer ratings in the history of American television. The U.S. women’s soccer team shattered global record books on Sunday, July 5, becoming World Champions with their 5-2 win over an exceptional Japanese contingent, including a breathtaking four goals scored in the ...


    Dump Trump

    Donald Trump is a bloated, boastful, blowhard bully. But that’s not why I hope he disappears as quickly as tycoons at tax time.


    Justifiable concern

    Years ago after church one Sunday morning, there was this man talking with my priest, Reverend Doctor Alexander Campbell, about his deep concerns for where American society was heading. This man was concerned about the future of my generation and our kids as well. When you are 17 or 18 years of ...


    Petty lies and deceitful devices

    Where in our history did we become more likely to believe salacious fabrications over truth in any given situation? How is it, that one can know well the constitution of another individual, yet whence rumors circulate, disregard all that that person has long proved to stand for? Believing instead...


    Cranking out ice cream

    Making ice cream during the summer is one of life’s most memorable treats; at least it was for me. We had a tradition that you had to take a turn at the ice cream freezer’s crank in order to earn a bowl of the frozen delight. I know that most ice cream freezers are electric nowadays...

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