Opinion
 

What will future technology bring us?

I think I have this working from home thing down now. It took a while, but I have a process that works for me.... more

 

The Pope got this one very wrong

As you may have noticed, many people are choosing to not have children these days. One person who certainly noticed is Pope Francis. The Pope recently said that people who choose to have pets instead of children are selfish.... more

 

Was 2021 the year of the worker?

Have you ever had a job you hated so much that you fantasized about quitting in the middle of your day or shift? I know I have. I have left jobs before, of course, but never just, “That’s it … I quit!” I suppose I am just a little too cautious. Some places I have worked have deserved it. But thankfully the last time I worked at a place that bad was 25 years ago.... more

 

Time for younger generation to take over

You know, these years could start slowing down now. I will say that 2021, not the best year ever, certainly went by quickly. The year started and ended with COVID booms, but the time in between felt like about 10 minutes.... more

 

Lessons learned from tragic event

Remember when you were a teenager and could sleep for 12 hours? Man, I sure do. I delivered pizza until 1 a.m. or so in high school, and by the time we got everything cleaned up and the shop closed, I would get home on the weekends at nearly 2 a.m. That meant I would get up the next day at 2 p.m. – or as late as 4 p.m.... more

 

Christmas shopping not a personal favorite

I have a pretty good feeling that I am firmly on the naughty list this year … not that it is unusual for me. Sure, I consider myself a good person. I am open minded, accepting, have a good sense of humor and try to be kind to people.... more

 

Let's do our best to keep everyone safe over the holidays

We are all creatures of habit. For example, when we leave the house we grab our wallet – or purse – keys, sunglasses. And a mask. Yep, that pesky mask. Feels like we were born with them on our face (well, those of us who use them), but it has only been a year and a half or so.... more

 

Many things to be thankful for this year

Thanksgiving really snuck up on me this year. Before I knew it, I was searching for the electric knife to prepare it for the annual turkey carving. It was the usual plan for Thanksgiving this year – that means my wife’s family comes down from Wisconsin on Thursday, and then we have friends over the next morning for “Friendsgiving.” Friday is bloody Mary’s, mimosas and frittatas.... more

 

Swarm of scorpions? No thanks

The desert is a place of great beauty, and great danger. Flash floods, extreme heat, rattlesnakes, side winders – you must be on guard all the time you are out there.... more

 

Can't do without technology

Technology rules our lives. Bold statement? Not really. In 2021, it is just a true statement. It really hit me last week when we lost Internet connection for a bit. I was basically dead in the water.... more

 

Kinzinger on the right side of history

t came as no surprise to me, and probably no one else, when U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger announced he would not seek re-election next year. First elected in 2010, Kinzinger was known as a conservative member of Congress, a protégé of former U.S. Sen. John McCain and his future seemed bright.... more

 

Just like that, Halloween is over

The day after Halloween was a dark day. A dark day indeed. Nov. 1 meant it was over. The horror movies you enjoyed, the costume you worked to make just right, the carnivals held at local schools and of course the great trick or treating.... more

 

'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.... more