The Season of Mystery and Miracle

In a previous post (“Cindy Lou’s Lesson and the Miracle of ZuZu’s Petals,” December 11, 2014), I selected a quintet of holiday films to nurture your cheer while the seasonal stresses torment your spirit like an itchy Christmas sweater.  Indeed, those durable classics can be summoned up throughout the year, anytime you need a reminder … Continue reading The Season of Mystery and Miracle

“Bad Moon Rising,” Vietnam, Pt. 2

After the French left a divided Vietnam in 1955, the United States government agreed to take over the training of South Vietnam's troops.  The first military advisers found an ill equipped,  poorly trained army with an officer corps that was generally inept.  Advisers were embedded at every level of the ARVN and officers were sent to … Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising,” Vietnam, Pt. 2

Tour of Thanksgiving Leftovers

The last pass of Thanksgiving football and the balloons of Macy’s parade are but a foggy memory mashed between a food coma and holiday beverage haze. While wandering in and out from a tryptophan nap someone, somehow had the ambition to package the leftovers and get them into the fridge. Hopefully the dishes are done … Continue reading Tour of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Kanopy

To celebrate the newly kindled partnership between Fontana Regional Library and the video streaming service Kanopy, let’s explore a few of the classics that we now have access to. But first, what is Kanopy? Kanopy started as a DVD rental company in Australia in 2008 that distributed to national school libraries. As technology advanced and … Continue reading Kanopy

Nonfiction for November

I have to admit, I choose fiction over non-fiction writing most of the time.  Since my life is non-fiction, my inclination is to “escape” some of the “fun” of politics, mass shootings, celebrity scandals, and cleaning up cat vomit. HOWEVER…sometimes the non-fiction is good enough to pull me in.  So I’ll share a couple of … Continue reading Nonfiction for November

“Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?” Part 1

The Vietnam War is difficult to read about if you are interested in the military history  of the conflict because, unlike the Great War, World War II, and Korea, the authors of the survey histories spend more words laying blame among the Washington politicians and military brass than they do talking about the tactical and … Continue reading “Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?” Part 1

Thy Neighbor’s Anteater

People are always asking me, “Luke, why do Americans spend billions of dollars on cats and dogs every year, without hesitation, but only hundreds of dollars on anteaters?” Well, that’s a complicated question and there are no simple answers. Like most Americans, I have mixed feelings about anteaters. There is something about them that seems … Continue reading Thy Neighbor’s Anteater

Flying Mammals, Insect Warrior, Friend

The light is turning shades of blue and purple as the sun drops below the horizon. The air is cooling from a warm summer day.  Crickets are beginning their night time singing, and through the sky comes the faint whirring of bats. Swooping and gliding through the air, indulging in an early evening snack. Some … Continue reading Flying Mammals, Insect Warrior, Friend

Broadband Connectivity on the Regional Level

By Guest Contributor Sarah Thompson, MPA Sarah Thompson is the Executive Director of the Southwestern Commission, and Administrator of the Mountain West Partnership. -What is Region A and the Southwestern Commission? The Southwestern Planning and Economic Development Commission was formed in 1965 by concurrent, joint resolution of the counties and municipalities within the seven westernmost … Continue reading Broadband Connectivity on the Regional Level

Book recommendations from my cats. (Or, pictures of my cats.)

I adopted my kitty-girls from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society a little over a year ago in a two-for-the-price-of-one deal, although I hesitate to call them “mine” – it’s much more appropriate to call me “theirs.” There weren’t a whole lot of books at the shelter but they’ve been thoroughly immersed in the litter-ary life since … Continue reading Book recommendations from my cats. (Or, pictures of my cats.)