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Let them eat ... pancakes
Have you heard what happens on Aug. 30 at the Chino Valley Senior Center? Well, listen up Pilgrims.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My (not so) brave new world
I feel overrun. Defeated. Outwitted. Routed. Conquered. Vanquished. At my age, I have overcome (or least survived) many of life's challenges and vicissitudes.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Commentary: How about some original clichés?
For crying out loud. I'm fit to be tied when I can't come up with the appropriate words for this column each week.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Commentary: One Man's Rant, Poor month August gets no respect
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, August gets no respect. This particular month never has had an opportunity to live up to its maximum potential.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Commentary: Teens not working doesn't work for America
Here's a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs - down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentary: A boy named 'Maximus'
Midwest neighborhoods of the 1950s frequently placed heavy demands on its youngest residents. Accompanied by a mental crescendo of blaring trumpets, I entered my "Roman Phase."I don't recall how it happened, but somehow I came across the magical name, "Gluteus Maximus."
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commentary: Please just leaf me alone!
If I were asked how many garden plants there are in the world, my answer would be that my wife isn't finished counting them yet. I know her garden isn't the largest geo-politically, but she has researched how to stuff as many little growing things as possible into the two-acre space she has.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Commentary: What did you just say?
Growing up I was counseled, as were millions of youngsters, not to use selected words even though those words added, oh I don't know, a certain piquancy to my communications. These words were referred to as vulgarities, profanities, expletives and/or obscenities.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Commentary: Let's celebrate what we've built
In June, 1775, we were baptized at Breed's Hill by the terrified screams of men and the searing white heat of musket balls tearing into flesh.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Commentary: To dream or not to dream...
I've worked really hard to exert some semblance of control over my waking hours. Managing what happens to me requires more than a casual awareness, it requires a persistent vigilance. My goal each day is to frustrate the missiles of menace which are launched in my direction from all quarters.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Slings and arrows and all that...
When I began writing this column some months ago, I anticipated a reflective lexical stroll each week down Main Street.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Commentary: A Father's Day tribute - a verified hero
In the eyes of the world or our own community at the time, he was not an extraordinary man. Beyond family, friends, neighbors and his business circles, I suspect few knew dad's name or much about him.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Letter to the Arizona Diamondbacks
I've decided to write a letter to Ken Kendrick, owner of the Diamondbacks down in Phoenix.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Miller's Musings: Show of hands. Who's royalty?
Entitlement. I hear this word a lot. It used to be a rare expression. Entitled folks were royal folks and their guaranteed access to rewards, benefits and exemptions from normal life came from a high-born status. It was granted by lowly serfs who recognized the throne of power.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Miller's Musings: The skill of listening
When I was studying art in college, a great deal of emphasis was put on training one's eye to see how an object, animal, or person was composed. This actually does take training, because humans have a tendency to view the world in a quick shorthand, making lots of assumptions about our environment.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Miller's Musings: Our computer age
I have born witness to hundreds of people utilizing computers on a daily basis. I think it is doing something to our society, and not necessarily expedient or beneficial. This unique machine can actually drive human emotions from exuberance to anguish, cause irrational rage, depressive frustration, and it is apparently addictive if only psychologically addictive. What does that remind one of?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Miller's Musings: Lessons in church
As a boy, I was made to attend church at least once a week. As I grew older, it became three times a week. I learned all the Gospel stories, and the Old Testament sagas from ancient and bent, but usually happy teachers using flannel boards.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Miller's Musings: We fickle folk
I work with the public every day. I mean I work directly with the public... lots of them, and sometimes for nine hours straight. One continuous phrase I hear is "big government" and it is always referred to in negative terms.I guess I am easily confused, because it seems to me that whereas no one seems to want big government, the government is always blamed if something dire happens.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Miller's Musings: Mysterious money
Money has a strange power. I don't mean this in the lusty sense of greed and avarice. I mean it seems to actually effect the way we think about what we as humans do when money is involved.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Miller's Musings: Ancient keys to success
The Indus Valley People had it figured. Thousands of years ago several major groups of people migrated into the same lush area of India and all wanted to live there. It was gorgeous place with plenty of farmland, water and space to spread out.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Miller's Musings: Bitter litter
I recently volunteered to help set up and take down the apparatus and gear for a major outdoor social event. It took an entire day to assemble, and an entire day to dismantle.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Miller's Musings: Reading music
The language of music written on the page is mathematical, and therefore precise. Specific notes are inscribed to produce specific tones and audio frequencies. Annotations express loudness, softness, swiftness, choppiness, smoothness or raggedness.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Souls need work-out, same as body & brain
Muscle and bone need to be stressed regularly in order to stay healthy and grow. Science now tells us that our brains also need regular exercise in order to stay strong and vital. It follows then, at least to me, that our souls are in danger of atrophying if not given a regular work-out.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Miller's Musings: It's how much?
In the old days, if people failed to comprehend the need to put aside enough food and sustenance for themselves and their livestock for the winter, everyone and everything died. If a company,spends more than it makes and borrows more than it can pay, it, too, dies. Governments with continual trade deficit and increasing debt also perish.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Miller's Musings: High 'ick' factor
There is a huge sickness fear factor in the world today. The public is actually demanding hand sanitizer stations in any public place. My question is, "why should a public building or privately owned business be responsible for the publics' phobic microbial safety?"
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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