Wednesday, March 22, 2017


    THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD., 2017
               READING MATTER!

    My Great Uncle Charlie was a gold
miner in Alaska. He spent the last few
years of his life in a small cottage in a
rural area outside of Hazleton.
    I loved to hear him use phrases he
grew up with. To him, for instance, a
bus was still "the Stage." And anything
from a newspaper to a novel was
"Reading matter."
    That last phrase came to my mind
Wednesday when my wife and I were
at the latest of what seems to be our
never ending medical appointments.
     It was my wife's turn for a
consultation so I waited in, of course,
the waiting room.
     After glancing over the posters on
the wall and reading over the Patient's
Bill Of Rights and billing procedures
I turned to that table found in most
all medical offices to look for some
"reading matter."
       After visiting many similar
offices I have come to the conclusion
that most patients are either women
or men who play golf!
       The vast majority of magazines
are of the "Home and Garden variety"
filled with articles on furniture,
recipes, movie star gossip, and dress.
        I have, to be fair. noticed a
copy or two of Golf Digest.
        I wonder what it would cost to
have two copies of a daily newspaper
on hand for those of us who aren't
always looking for new ways to
cook lobster or how to use a 9 iron?
        My wife always brings a book
of her own along. I'm beginning to
understand why!
         Hope the Doc's start providing
some decent "reading matter" and
that all your NEWS is good.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


     WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22N., 2017

     I know I'm repeating myself or, rather, my
blog. But how could I not make sure you were
all aware of this important though unofficial
     Saint Patrick's Day and all of its related
parades and celebrations seem to get all the
attention during March.
      That's too bad because there are a lot of
other things well worth celebrating in this
month which heralds the arrival of Spring.
       Take today, for instance, This is
"National Goof Off Day!" It was created
by Monica Dufour of Davison Mi. and her
grandfather. He had a radio show and was
encouraging people to call in with ideas.
She disguised her voice and called with
a suggestion that there be a "Goof-Off Day."
A newspaper heard the call and printed a
story supporting the idea. So there you
have it!
    I've been rehearsing for this day for
many years! I think I've just about got it
down to a science.
        They did a survey a few years back
and found that most of those who
"celebrated" this unusual holiday did so
by playing video games.
       That seemed a bit strenuous for me.
       I elected to just sit around as much
as possible and do pretty much nothing!
       I would have no objections to
extending this observance to a week or
more. In fact "National Goof Off Month"
seems to offer a lot of potential to my
way of thinking.
      One small bit of advice. If you plan
to celebrate by taking the day off from
work you might be better off suggesting
you're ill rather than citing this holiday
as the reason. Some bosses don't observe
the day.
      Hope you'll mark it on your
calendar and that all your NEWS is good!


Monday, March 20, 2017


   TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST., 2017

   One of the greatest benefits of being
retired, even if it's only "semi retired," is
sleeping in.
    It was thus just a bit disturbing to
have to wake up before the sun on the
first day of spring so I could get to a
local clinic for two medical tests ordered
by my doctor by 7AM.
    I pretty much know the procedure by
now. You check in. Hand the receptionist
the test orders from you physician. Take
a seat in the waiting area. Then go back
to the registration desk where they
verify your identity, check your
insurance, then sign and initial a small
pile of papers that basically tells the
clinic technicians "Go for it!
     You then return to the waiting area
once again until your name is called
for the actual test. At least that's the
way it usually works.
      I however, was called back to the
registration desk unexpectedly so the
registrar and the technician could ask
me exactly what my doctor wanted in
the second test he ordered.
     Now here's the thing. I took all
the basic courses in High School and
even one in Commercial Law. I must
have been out sick when they covered
      I was of the opinion physicians
wrote down what they wanted on their
paperwork for clinical tests and that
the technicians would read and follow
those instructions.
      But even though typed these folks
were clearly perplexed by something
my doctor had written.
      So, we did the first tests then
waited till 8:30 when the clinic could
call the doctor's office. Only one
problem. While the doctor's office
opened at 8:30 the doctor didn't come
in until a little later.
      The physician's staff was unable
to answer the clinic's questions so we
proceeded to wait, again, until the
doctor actually came to work.
      But, by the time he was due, all
available appointment times at the
clinic were filled.
      We were told to check with the
doctor, and get a new appointment
once he straightened out his request
for testing.
       Since both my tests required
fasting I am hopeful I'll be allowed
to eat before all this confusion is
settled. I'd also like to get the next
appointment sometime well after
the sun comes up!
         Hope I pass the tests and that
all your NEWS is good!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


   MONDAY, MARCH 20TH., 2017

    If your colleague isn't answering you
phone call. If your neighbor isn't opening
their door to your knock. Don't assume
they're just ignoring you.
    You see March 20th is  Extraterrestrial
 Abductions Day!
     I haven't the faintest idea why this
particular date was selected. In fact
the folks at holiday have
been unable to locate the creator of this
unusual holiday. But...maybe that's because
he, or she, has know.
     In any case, and just in case,
this would be a good day to keep one eye
on the sky.
     Of course if you're someone looking
to abduct an extraterrestrial it's a
completely different story! If you should
catch an alien make sure it's totally
vetted before you decide to keep it!
     You can celebrate today by reading
and watching science fiction stories about
UFOs and Extraterrestrials. Or you can
simply blog about it as I've chosen to do
on this 1st day of Spring.
      Hope you're still here and that all
your NEWS is good!



     SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH., 2017
               ON SCHEDULE?
   Forget the calendar and the
Groundhog! And please forget
the blizzard! We're all looking
for signs of Spring.
    And, if everything has gone
as expected, one of the surest
signs of Spring takes place in
California early this morning.
March 19th.
     This is the day the Swallows
come back to Capistrano! There's
even a song about it but you've
probably got to be 60 or over to
remember it.
      At dawn on St. Joseph’s Day,
that's March 19th, the little birds
arrive and begin rebuilding their
mud nests, which cling to the ruins
of the Great Stone Church of San
Juan Capistrano.
      I guess the closest thing we've
got around here is the geese flying
North. I heard some the other day
but I never actually saw them.
       Hope the Swallows are back,
the geese are going North, and
that all your NEWS is good!


Friday, March 17, 2017


   SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH., 2017
              GETTING A LIFT!

    My son, now a father himself, reminded
me of the times I used to hoist him onto my
shoulders and carry him on the boardwalk
or at the park.
     On Friday, after three days confined
to bed with an extremely hurting foot, I
finally got an appointment with my Foot
      The only problem was getting out of
the house, into a car, out of the car, into
the doctor's office, out of the doctor's
office, back in and out of a car, and then
back into my house.
       And this time it was the son lifting
the father to get through all those
obstacles! Fortunately with the additional
aid of some crutches he didn't have to
carry me on his shoulders! I believe,
however, he could have had it come to
that. Just getting off the sofa and in
position to hold the crutches became
simple because of his strong hands!
       I don't think I could have handled
the steps, up or down, without his aid.
       I never pictured him lifting me back
in the days I carried him above the crowd.
I don't suppose he ever pictures his little
boy doing the same for him some day.
       But if he turns out anything like
his Dad, he'll be there when and if he's
       Thank you son!
        Hope all your NEWS is good!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


   FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH., 2017
    Guess you think you know why this is a
day for celebration!
    Well, chances are, you're HALF right!
    Yes, it is Saint Patrick's Day.
    You don't have to look very far to see
Irish flags or green banners hung out to
mark the occasion.
      There are 4 leaf clovers and images
of leprechauns posted on the windows of
houses and stores wherever you go.
       The Big Saint Patrick's Parade in
Scranton has already marched into history.
But the green lines still mark the route
through the city.
        But how many people have noticed
that today is my HALF Birthday!
       See, here's how it works. My actual
birthday is on September 17th.  So, six
months after that is March 17th, which
happens to be Saint Patrick's Day.
       Ask a little kid how old he or she is
and you'll often get an answer like..."I'm
4 and a half."
       So I'm thinking....why should the kids
have all the fun?  And what's a half year
among friends?
       So while a majority of celebrants
will be "wearing the green" today maybe
I'll have a slice of cake. Or, maybe, a half
a slice!
        After all, I'm 74 and a half today!!!!!!
        Hope you're always looking for a
reason to celebrate.....and that all of your
NEWS is good!                         

(Half a Birthday Cake)