I think the best thing my own mother ever taught me was to be curious, to ask questions. She did it by example. Having been a teacher much of her life, she knew the value of asking the right question, and having been married to a farmer’s son turned coal miner turned fruit farmer, she saw ho…

People have commented that all they read here are complaints about the things that are wrong with society, the education system, politics, current entertainment and even the media. What is the sense of writing about the things that are going right?

In 11 days we will celebrate what is to me the most important holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. Thankfully, Thanksgiving has not yet been commercialized like so many other holidays although some businesses from car dealers to furniture stores insist on having Thanksgiving sales all month. N…

“If I were king,” the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said in an interview, “I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag. However, we have a First Amendment, which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged. … Speech doesn’t just mean written w…

Have you ever heard someone say something like, “Oh, but he has a good heart?” My bet is that we have all heard that or something like it, or something like, “But he is doing the best he can,” or “We have to remember they don’t know any better.”

This first: feelings and opinions are not facts. It makes no difference how many people feel a certain way or how many have an opinion about something, having opinions or feelings does not make them facts. No matter how many people have opinions or how loudly they shout them, they are not facts.

My wife, son and I moved into the farmhouse at the orchard when we moved back here in 1970. The house was old, having been built in 1856, and needed a lot of work, to make an understatement. It had one electrical circuit, one sort-of bathroom, a kitchen sink and four rooms downstairs that we…

This may be the most difficult column I have written. At first glance it may look as though it goes against many things I have written in the past, and contradicts what I did for some 34 years. I hope you will read through to the end and realize that far from contradicting that career it jus…

I suppose a lot of people would refer to me as a “dinosaur.” Maybe because I don’t have an address or whatever it is on something called Facebook. Unlike our current president I don’t have a Twitter account, and unlike most of the folks who may read this, I don’t have a smartphone.