Throwback Thursday: Recollections of a High School Counselor / Love Hurts

Although I’m retired, every now and then I find myself thinking about my old job.  Most days I considered myself very fortunate to do what I did for a living. My counselor’s job was quite fulfilling and working in my old hometown as I did, it felt good to be able to give something back …

"Standing Room Only: On Airline Flights? Really?"

Through the years flying the ‘friendly skies’ has become a not so flier friendly experience. It seems the airlines are hitting fliers for damn near everything these days. Booking, boarding and fuel fees continue to increase as do charges for inflight services, such as food and beverage and seat selection. Add to this the higher fees for additional luggage and …

"On a Dark Desert Highway"

I wanna be with you in the desert tonight                                                                                  with a thousand stars all around…  The Eagles For most of my life I’ve never really liked the desert. It was a vast expanse of nothingness you had to pass through to get to Vegas or the River. Yeah it was more of an inconvenience really, …

"Time Passes Much Too Quickly On My Life Long Journey "

I was in San Diego yesterday afternoon sitting at the bar of the newly remodeled Karl Strauss Brewery/Restaurant in Sorrento Mesa enjoying one of their great tasting, handcrafted beers. As I sat there sipping my brewsky, staring out at the lush green landscape and beautiful coy pond and falls adjacent to the dining area I began thinking about the first …

"Just a Singer in a Rock & Roll Band: Not Paul McCartney!"

I’ve been wanting to do a piece on The Beatles for awhile now. Although this is about The Beatles This isn’t it. JS   Most people who know me know that I’m a huge Beatles fan, and an even bigger Lennon fan, have been forever. I grew up with the Beatles. I was twelve years …

Throwback Thursday: Recollections of a High School Counselor / Do You Want to Know a Secret? 12/16/2010

Not long ago a very upset looking young lady appeared in my office doorway and asked if she could talk to me. I invited her in and as soon as she sat down, the tears began to flow. I offered her a tissue, gave her a moment, then asked her what had happened.  Most of the …

Warning Smoking is Hazardous to Your Health! Hell It Can Kill You!

Sunday evening I went to an estate sale in La Verne with my youngest son Alan. He had been there the previous day and made some cool purchases including an old video arcade game and some vintage metal signs. I couldn’t believe the deal he got. He paid $5 a piece for the signs. The …