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wholderman's picture
Monday, November 3, 2008 - 1:35pm

You see, we celebrated the marriage of my son and daughter-in-law on Sunday.


Three years ago, we received some of the most unsettling and heartbreaking news...our son was no longer going to be married. The news stunned all of us. We offered to have our son move back home, get on his feet and start life anew. There were times when we were distressed and unconsoled. Eventually he met a precious and grounded woman and they were married recently.


jtaylor's picture
Friday, October 31, 2008 - 9:53am

Buzz phrases drive me crazy. Here's a bunch I've recently heard as well as my buzz medication -- some politically incorrect redefinitions.



  • "Tax hikes are off the table." --- Everything's available for a price.

  • "We'll rely on wraparound services." --- Since my budget is shot, I'll find someone else's to raid.

  • "We'll talk with key stakeholders." --- We''ve already made our decision, so let's create a blame blanket for the consequences.

wholderman's picture
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 2:21pm

Well, well, well, my precious husband got a speeding ticket on Monday! And he says I need driving lessons? I feel vindicated!


jtaylor's picture
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:16am

Been inside jail twice -- best kind of visits -- before one opened in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1970s and before Fresno's "mail jail" opened in 1989. Antiseptic and eerie.


Heard one Fresno County supervisor say a few years ago that all jail food should be concocted into a single biscuit, and that inmates should be forced to pedal bicycles that would somehow generate electricity. Kind of a "must work for food" thing.


jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 27, 2008 - 12:50pm

I figure I know about as much about being a grandfather as I do about appreciating acorns. So it was a good thing I got an education, of sorts, about both last weekend in the mountains of El Dorado County, east of Sacramento.


Lesson Ouch: It's better that the really large and hard acorns hit the roof of a fire engine rather than your head. Learned that one while hauling folding chairs from a fire department for use at a baby shower. Finding spiders up the pants' leg was wisdom gained later.