American Values: The Real Meaning of Labor Day

Since we are getting a “long weekend” seems right to me that we pause for a few minutes and consider  why this is a day off. A speech long-ago, by the late senator and Lyndon Johnson’s VP  Hubert Humphrey summed it up pretty well. It’s worth a...

11-Rules of Ruthless Time Management

“The secret to effective time management is learning to “pre-live” your Life.” Recently, in one of our comment section remarks, a reader asked if I would give a short summary of my personal time management approach because I seem to get so much...

Prepping: Home Appliance School

One of the non-obvious problems of living to a ripe old age (we’re into our 70’s, yeah?) is that you will no doubt begin to outlive most all the crap you have acquired over the years. How to keep up with the rising expenses when things – especially...

Yardage: Remembrance Gardens and Woo-Woo

A while back, one of our in-laws (on Elaine’s side of the family) passed after a bout with cancer.  Her passing was a tremendous loss to all of us. Then, a few weeks back, her surviving husband dropped by for a visit and a quick round of “back country...

Making: Project Chunking, Stick-Welding

Def. “Tool Slut” A person of any age or gender who can’t resist having just the right precision tool for every task, regardless of how obscure.  As in this example: I don’t know about you, but seems to me that it’s the time of the year...

Prepping: Card Files Vs. Databases

This is a discussion to have with yourself and all your other “team members” including spouse and children.  It’s all about how you manage your Life. Specifically, we’ve been huge fans of the “morning cuppa coffee and planning” ...

Prepping: The Old Man’s Comforts

There is  an art to living that doesn’t get enough attention, as we see it:  People don’t focus enough on effectively spending their money. You see, once you have a roof over your head, the difference – particularly when asleep – between living...

Adventures of G2: Jump for Fun!

Once again in our “nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree” department:  Son George II’s adventures jumping some bumpy air over the Columbia River Friday in Washington State. Full screen it in 1 – 2  – 3….....

Coping: Notes from Woo-Woo Land

I haven’t heard back from Chis McCleary (he’s busy_) but I experienced a major drop in dream intensity and frequency for a couple of days right after the solstice. Back to normal now, but for a couple of days it was almost like “dropout” of the...

Coping: How to “Eat” a Book

Being a writer, as I half-ass am, there’s a terrible truth that comes out:  You can only write as well as you can absorb input. This may be why “Everyone has one book in them,” but when you ask “How many people have four, five, or more books in...

Coping: Have Shoe Shines Disappeared?

A couple of times in the last month, I’ve been to town for things like the doctor’s office, the Tractor Supply store, and a “cheater burger” along the way; the usual stuff. On these trips, I started to notice people’s shoes. ...

Coping: My 12 Novice Golf Mistakes

Oh boy!  Soon as we get the tractor back in operation (next week thanks to the rain – this week was rained out) it will be time to install the first set of one-pound coffee cans and get seriously into “Original Rough Country Golf.” You may have never...