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Opinions

X-ACTOnado

Walkin'

As I’m writing this, I have the movie “Geostorm” playing on the television next to me.

If I ruled the world

Food For Thought

Not being a tidy person (meaning I don’t put the groceries, the laundry or my creative projects away promptly and clean up as I go along in the kitchen), I nevertheless believe a few changes I’d like to suggest would make the world tidier and more efficient. Things that serve no seriously useful purpose and generally tend to cause more chaos than they prevent. Some of these, I’ve no doubt mentioned here before, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat them in the hope somebody may see the value of these suggested changes and start a movement to spread the word.

An hour in the life

I’m the first one up.
I’ve always been an early riser. “Lay-a-beds,” were not tolerated in the Fleck household. If you tried to sleep past dawn, Dad would come through, whistle loudly and then shout “daylight’s burning.” Also, and more importantly, I had two older brothers. Last one up might miss a strip of bacon. Call me what you like, just don’t call me late for breakfast.

Spring cleaning

Food For Thought

I remember the days when everybody engaged in what they called “spring cleaning. This activity could begin any time the housewife felt overwhelmed by winter blahs and felt the need to clean out closets or make new kitchen curtains. Timing depended largely on the personal ambitions of the housewife in charge and the availability of reliable help. The weather might also be a factor, though it didn’t figure in any long-range goals because of its unpredictability.

Nearer the bacon rasher

Walkin'

In November I get hungry.
It’s in my DNA. There’s something about shortened days and dropping temperature that shifts my already hearty appetite into overdrive.
In December, I make Chex mix for the holiday season and I triple the recipe of the crispy, salty snack. Actually, by the time I’m done adding in extra of my favorite ingredients it should be classified as quadruple, as in quadruple heart bypass surgery.

The other resolution

New Year’s Resolutions are hard enough to keep when you are by yourself and nobody is going to see if you cheat or not, but this one can be even more difficult when you are in the company of others. Others who have the same bad habit you are trying to conquer. I’m talking about smoking and the things we all go through trying to rationalize our bad habit while, at the same time, trying to escape it.

Memories of a colder time

“Specialist Fleck, grab your coat and come with me,” the General ordered in no uncertain tone.
To his face, everyone addressed him simply as sir, as in “Yes, sir!” Behind his back, we called him Crazy Eddie. The only thing worse than a loose cannon on deck is a loose cannon wearing a general’s star, and that was General Edward O’Conner.
His staff feared and dreaded him.

About those resolutions

Food For Thought

If you’re like most of us, you’ve already fudged a little on one or more of the resolutions you so bravely made just a few days ago. We all like the feeling of being able to wipe the slate clean and start the new year fresh and guilt-free. But too often those well-meant promises we make to ourselves turn out to be a lot harder to honor than they were to make. I’d like to pass on some thoughts about New Year Resolutions, things that I’ve learned from experience and things that persons much wiser than I have shared with me over the years.

The working wife

Food For Thought

It has not been too many years since the “lady of the house” spent her mornings shopping for the day’s groceries. She would visit the butcher shop and the fishmonger to buy the meats for the day’s meals (often dinner, served in the early evening hours), and perhaps sausages, bacon, or a soup bone which might end up as an element in breakfast, lunch, or one of the dinner courses. Her rounds would probably include a visit to the greengrocer where she picked out the day’s fruits and vegetables, fresh, dried, or otherwise preserved depending on the time of year and their availability.

The Cribbage dilemma

Food For Thought

Believed to have been invented by the 17th-century English poet Sir John Suckling, Cribbage remains one of the most popular of all card games. A virtual playground for mental math, the game offers numerous ways to pile up impressive point totals from just five cards. A perfect hand totals 29 points, and that’s just the point count from the cards in one hand of play; there are several opportunities to score additional points during play by taking advantage of the cards played by your opponent, as well as the order in which cards are played.

Hiding places

If you have children young enough to be curious about what Santa is going to bring– and that doesn’t necessarily stop when they stop believing in the old elf– you probably have devised some pretty good hiding places over the years. Kids can be pretty sneaky and, even if you never leave them alone in the house, they’re fairly adept at snooping around when you’re busy cooking supper or in the shower.

There is no money in poetry...

Food For Thought

So wrote poet Robert Graves, but then he went on to say there is no poetry in money, either. Only the most naive, inexperienced poet expects to make his fortune through his published verses. About all that can be hoped for is a little prize money gleaned through contests, or perhaps a small check from Reader’s Digest for a particularly clever snippet of rhyming wit. Other than that, most poetry is published at the poet’s own expense and purchased mainly by the poet’s friends and relatives.