Living History Farms, Des Moines–Sept 2010

  This was part of the village at the Farms. The main attraction were three farms representing different eras of America’s past. It was a neat place to visit.

No 2. Make Peace with Imperfection

This like the other posts in the category is from the book entitled “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff” by Richard Carlson. It has many items that are particularly useful to us seniors. Our… Read More

U.S. vs. the World

I started getting the National Geographic magazine again. I used to look at them regularly when I was in grade school and high school many years ago but haven’t noticed them much since then. Many joke that older… Read More

Waiting to Die….

One of the most depressing things to me is that some seniors seem to spend their lives just waiting to die. They have no ambitions or goals for their senior years. They spend their days do little or… Read More

About Passwords and the Internet….

  I must admit that I am a Internet junkie. I pay most of my bills on-line. I get most of my news on-line.  I purchase a lot of goods and services on-line. I follow friends on Facebook… Read More

Global Food Crisis…..

This is just too sad to take lightheartedly. There is a global food crisis in much of the third world. Part of that is due to us using so much corn for ethanol. We have so much in the… Read More

Door County Wisconsin – September 2006

Here is a converted barn in Door County Wisconsin near my favorite winery. I must admit that I am hooked on cherry wine from there.  

Rainy days don’t always get me down….

It is a rainy day here in Indiana but considering that it is not snow it doesn’t get me down. And the fact that between July and September of last year we had less than an inch of… Read More

What is Satire?

I just changed the word “Satirical” to “Lighthearted” for this blog title. It seems that the word “Satirical” has come to mean something quite different than in Will Rogers’ day. Looking at what Wikipedia says some might get… Read More

About being Religious

I seem to be on a Pickles streak here but it is nice to see something focused on us seniors.  Almost everything else is for the 18 – 35 crowd.🙂 Over 85% of the people in the U.S. claim to… Read More

Indiana–June 2009

Here is a well used Indiana barn.

Anxiously awaiting…

This is my favorite view of our homestead. I call it “up on the mountain” as it is the highest point on our property. This is where my outdoor glider resides and is where I do most of… Read More

The Thing about Facebook…

There has been a lot of press lately about how Facebook was used during the Egyptian protests lately. Showing its affect on democratic reform definitely put a positive spin on this social network. But then I go to… Read More

Guadalajara Grill–October 1994

I have had many interesting meals and cherished friendships at the GD Grill. I also got “popped” there one year for my birthday thanks to my friend Dave R.  I haven’t been there in 15 years. We will… Read More

Independence Hall Philadelphia–April 1994

This is where our democracy started. It is a very spiritual type place. This was my second visit there.

More with Less

Some probably think that the phrase “More with Less” is a recent invention but I was brutally hit with it in the 1990s. As my team around me was constantly shrinking the workload was constantly increasing. The above… Read More

Elmora Indiana – June 2008

We came across this barn while visiting a Tractor show with our good friends the Hoffmans.

I didn’t know I had a choice…

  I just came across this comic strip a few weeks ago. It is not one of my favorites but it does from time to time give me some ideas.   Better done well or not at all has… Read More


I just watched a episode on FrontLine (on PBS) about multitasking.  Kids today insist that they can do many things at the same time and almost all of them involve some form of electronics.  The FrontLine episode basically… Read More

HGTV Dream House 2011 Intervention…..

  Let’s pick on the TV folks for a few posts. I have always enjoyed seeing the new HGTV Dream House each year. But this year seemed to be different than the past.  I watched about five minutes… Read More

Des Moines IA–June 2010

This is one of my favorite barns. It is located in the Living History Museum outside of Des Moines Iowa. Yeah, that me going it.

Hanging on… (Homestead January 2011)

Here is a simple picture taken a few weeks ago during one of our many recent snow storms. It is simple yet elegant in its composure.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

One piece of trivia stuck in my head for a good number of years is the one I used as the title of this post. It was coined by an English guy in the mid-1880s. It is good… Read More

Become Wise…

There is one book about retirement that I keep handy and look at almost every week. It is entitled 101 Secrets for a GREAT RETIREMENT by Mary Helen and Shuford Smith. One of the dog eared pages is… Read More

The Risk of Growing Entitlement Spending (or not)…

I am going to admit up front that I am going to pull a “sneaky” here. That is I am going to use some data in a way the author never intended. I can just hear you say… Read More