Category Archives: Lifestyle

Every Litter Bit Hurts So Try Giving A Shit

It’s warming up and getting closer to Earth Day.  Like every spring there’s a winter’s worth of trash in our yards, streets, and highway ditches, much of it comes from drive-thru restaurants and beverage barns.

No need to do the research or to manufacturer some story, because I personally witnessed it. Several years ago my wife and I volunteered to pick up litter on Foraker Street between SR 138 and the 7th Street Bridge.  From just one side of that very short street, we filled our pick up truck with trash that was, as stated, carry out wrappers from fast food, and tossed beverage containers, especially beer cans. Not a single resident offered to help and within a couple of months, it was as littered as ever.

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Mississippi; what’s wrong with it?

If your state is possibly the poorest, least educated, most conservative state in the nation; well, that’s what’s wrong with it. It also doesn’t help if your state’s flag still includes a version of the Confederate flag. Having too many of the people portrayed in the attached video also doesn’t speak well.

I’ve been to Mississippi many times and things are slowly changing. The state and local governments have done some amazing things in creating a blues and music based tourist economy. But despite the steps forward there are too many people who would take it back to the pre civil rights era. Mississippi’s overwhelming support of Donald Trump is a strong statement to this.

Couple of years ago I heard a black Mississippi judge speak of the new Mississippi. The fact that he was black and a judge speaks to things new. Unfortunately there’s too much old in Mississippi.

Eric’s Tit Got Caught

Apparently Eric Trump got his tit caught in the Twitter wringer last weekend when he claimed the Wisconsin presidential recount called for by Jill Stein cost the lives of 5,000 children.

One might ask how did Jill Stein kill 5,000 children by ordering a recount? Well, according to young Eric, if the $3.5 million the recount cost had been spent on malaria relief that many kids lives could have been saved.

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Medicare’s Future

Lots of us are receiving healthcare from Medicare and while Trump promised to protect it there appears to be continued pressure in the GOP congress to attack it. Here’s a piece that appeared in today’s New York Times Opinion section. Well worth a read.

The debate that the country may soon be having over Medicare is shaping up as one of the stranger political debates in a long time.

Medicare is an extremely popular program, and it mostly functions well. Its main problem — a large and long-term funding shortfall — has even become less serious lately, thanks to a slowdown in the rise of health care costs.

In the campaign, Donald Trump said he would protect Medicare. Yet many Congressional Republicans have long wanted to change the program and privatize all or part of it. One of those Congressional Republicans is Tom Price of Georgia, whom Trump has chosen to run the Department of Health and Human Services, where he will have sway over Medicare.

I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing some changes to Medicare — especially moving it toward paying for the quality of medical care and away from paying for the quantity of care, as the Obama administration has instigated. But the notion that a radical overhaul of Medicare should be one of the country’s top priorities seems bizarre. Democrats, wounded as they are right now, would no doubt be happy to have this political debate.

Our colleagues at Room for Debate preview that discussion with an overview of the substantive questions likely to come up.
The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Janet Napolitano on young immigrants and Jeff Biggers on reason for climate hope.

David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist


TOBACCO: 870 billion is the number of cigarettes manufactured cigarette-buttsby Philip Morris annually. The company has invested $3 billion into tobacco vaporizers, already available in some overseas markets, and plans to have the product in 20 markets this year. BTW, PM has announced it may be planning on exiting the cigarette business.

I Want My Taco Truck!

So, this Hispanic Trump surrogate comes on TV and warns America that if we don’t stop Mexican immigration we’ll have a taco truck on every corner. My first reaction was that I’m just a few hundred yards from the corner of SR 138 and WMRd and I can’t wait for our neighborhood taco truck.
This kind of nativist nonsense has occurred every time a large immigrant group has arrived at our shores. There’s always dire warnings about how America is going to be destroyed or weakened by their arrival and we good Americans need to “cut them off at the pass.”
While none of those warnings would have been welcomed it is true that none of them were ever realized. Each group, some quicker than others, found their place in America and added to the richness of our gene pool.
This current warning, however, is different. Never have we been threatened with something that would be welcomed. Again, Janet and I can’t wait for our taco truck. And maybe we could get some Syrian refugees running a falafel wagon out this way. We’re getting tired of all these fresh Amish grown organic vegetables and homemade noodles. 

Notes on Ageing, Volume 132

One of the regular characters of the Bob and Tom radio program was based on the legendary sports caster, Harry Carey. Don’t know what the real Harry Carey was adult diapers like but the B&T version was a gruff sounding lecherous old character that you may not want to baby sit your children or herd your sheep.

In one episode Carey was visited by beautiful young movie star and he was trying to get her to change his adult diaper. She asked if he were incontinent and he replied, “No, just l don’t like getting up.”

I thought of this a couple of days ago when putting on my very first adult diaper. I knew it would happen some day but I’m  pretty happy it’s only temporary and not age related.

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Pokemon A Go Go!

You can’t tune in the world these days without coming across people talking about the game Pokemon Go. I am not a gamer but I do enjoy technology and have some desire to understand how things work.

My knowledge of the game is knowing that players download a free app to their smartphones and then go for a walk. As they stroll around their town creatures suddenly appear in front of a church, a school, a theater, your neighbor’s garage, etc. You somehow try to capture the creäture and if successful win points.

While the app/game is free you can somehow opt to purchase clues, hints, extra creatures, or whatever. This is how Nintendo, the games owner, added $7.5 billion to its corporate value in just a couple of weeks after the games release.

My son and grandson are my main sources of information about “PokeStops” (places where creatures are located) in Greenfield. Apparently there are several that appear in various parts of the cemetery so if you see a covey of kids walking around staring at their smartphones, or their navels, that’s what they might be doing.

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The Gilded Presidency

I was watching the evening news and saw this photo of Donald Trump, his wife, and his son Barron sitting on a huge stuffed lion. Seriously, there is not a single thing about this picture that suggest Trump could relate to anyone American working-class person.

Making it even worse is naming the son Barron and learning that Barron has his own floor of the three-floor penthouse in the Trump Tower.

I have to wonder if the Trumps could make themselves spend a night in the White House? They might see it as a Green Acres or Trailer Park Boys kind of thing!

trump and baron

There’s a New Cookbook in Town!

Michelle Beatty Prater is a MHS graduate, resident of Leesburg, OH, and one heck of a good cook. Over the course of the past couple of years she has also become somewhat of an expert on eating a healthy diet and living a quality lifestyle.

As part of her life changes she has taken the time to author a cookbook of recipes and healthy tips on treating yourself better. The book, That’s Supper in the Burg, is now on sale at Amazon in digital format for an affordable $4.99.

In the past year, or so, Michelle has lost close to 200 pounds so I know there’s something in her book that can be of value if you have to lose a few yourself.

Michelle's Book

Don’t You Think This Technology Thing Done Got Out of Hand

sexual revolution

When American was experiencing its first sexual revolution following the advent of the birth control pill came about I must have been out of the country because I missed it.

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The State of Heroin

This article was published in Rolling Stone Magazine and it is not a short read. But, if you really want to gain some understanding of America’s drug problem it is articles like this you need to wade through. Heroin and the war on drugs are not simple issues and there is no simple solution. For the article click HERE or the photo. 


Followup #1 to drug discussion

heroin-gearAs a follow up to a previous article about the growing drug related explosion in America’s prison population here’s a couple of things that have come to my attention:

  1. A reader sent a link to a New York Times article about the heroin problem in Rutland, Vermont. Since heroin is a major drug of abuse the article could have implications to most communities American communities.
  2. A lot of people on want to rant on and talk about how horrible the drug situation is but very few are willing to actually get involved. Recently a group organized in Greenfield to try finding answers. Pretty much it is three people sitting in a room once a week waiting for others to come join them.
  3. There have been a couple of reader comments at the end of my original article and also
  4. several made on Facebook. Here’s examples from Facebook.

1. Well I realize I no longer live in Ohio but being from there and still call it home, would like to put in my two cents on this matter.. I live in a state where Medical Marijuana has been legalized..I agree with it and encourage it, especially when people have

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To free or not to free, that’s but one question

According to our local newspaper Adams County, Ohio issued 27 indictments related to a variety of drug related crimes.  the indictments followed an 8 month investigation and reading through the charges most involved heroin, possession and/or trafficking.

Surprising to me, however, was that none of the 27 were arrested or incarcerated.  The reason given by the county sheriff was lack of jail space. Adams County’s jail, which was built to house 38 inmates, is currently home to 55.  Arresting these 27 would require farming them out to neighboring county jails at a cost of over $1,600 a day. According to the sheriff, “We can’t afford that.”

There’s nothing new about overburdened jails in America. The nation has the largest prison/jail system in the world and the world’s largest population of inmates. The cost to taxpayers is enormous and much of the problem stems from our drug laws, a failed war on drugs and get tough sentencing laws that abound.

What prompted this article was a morning headline about California, and its governor Jerry Brown, having freed 1,400 lifers during the past 3 years. Brown claims the paroles have nothing to do with overcrowding but that state’s prisons have been under fire for decades for such.

What I find interesting in all this is the need for policy review and public discussion. We need to seriously be talking about our drug laws, do we really want people in prison for use or possession of marijuana? Do we really want to continue the expensive and failed war on drugs? Should life in prison really mean life and if not, how long should life be? In the 1950s a life sentence in Ohio usually meant parole after serving 20 years. In today’s Ohio one source claims it requires a minimum of 30 years.

So, what do we do? Do we decriminalize marijuana? Do we do the same for other popular recreational drugs? Do we follow Portugal’s seemingly successful lead and decriminalize many drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and heroin? All the statistics tell us the nation’s opinion about marijuana is rapidly changing, especially in those states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. We’ve apparently been having that discussion and the public is increasingly voting in favor. But what about other recreational drugs, do we lock those 27 Adams County druggies up and continue footing the bill or do we begin looking for a more affordable, and possibly more successful, alternative? Let the debate begin.

Bread, the staff of life!

bread aWatching an episode of Modern Marvels recently and the topic was bread. They claim that bread goes back to some ancient leaving his porridge close to a fire long enough for it to get hard. However it began people have depended on the stuff to sustain life for millennium and America’s eat more of it than anyone. Mostly, however, we eat that Styrofoam white stuff that has little texture or flavor beyond the added sugar that makes it sweet and addictive.

One part of the program focused on the rise in popularity of artisan bakeries in America. Probably the easiest way to describe artisan bread is to say it is made by people who are old school. They are using the basic of flour, water, salt, and yeast, coupled with the strength of their hands, to whip up loaves like our great grandparents once enjoyed.

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