The Lost Puppy Case Files:

I am an astronaut

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is another edition of The Lost Puppy Case Files, where Case, a now eight-month-old lab/pit shares his thoughts about life and the adventures of being a puppy. Case resides with the Man, as he refers to the HTF columnist who wrote this note. Case got “fixed” at Critter Care in Virginia on Monday. The following is […]


Signs of aging: Creaking bones, forgetfulness, and a stash of cheaters

Greeting and Sallytations! Well, I took a week off last week as time just got away from me. The week before, Mark wrote for me and he told about his recent colonoscopy experience. Well, let me tell you – I had the “pre-prep” whining and then the “post-procedure” recovery issues to deal with. Evidently, Mark read the entire colonoscopy care […]


Challenge yourself to move

D o you love working out – feeling your muscles move and the sweat on your skin? Isn’t it a great feeling? I love it, although I wouldn’t call myself a workout junkie. It’s just that now that I am in my fifties, I find my strength waning, and I so dislike that feeling. I work at challenging myself in […]


Seasons of waiting can provide valuable life lessons

Picture this: You are standing in line at your favorite coffee shop on your way to somewhere very important. You are in a rush. You take your place in line and anxiously watch as those in front of you happily, but slowly place their order. It seems as though everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong. You wait […]

Out of the Blue

“It is better to give than to receive.”

The words above were originally said by Jesus and recorded in the Book of Acts. They’re diametrically opposed to the prevalent worship of self, taught and subscribed to by too many. Maybe it’s just me, but when someone is told from day one that the world revolves around them and their feelings and whims, they tend to believe it. It’s […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A sudden attack of shyness for the usually loquacious Lion could be a sign that deep down you’re not sure enough about what (or whom) you had planned to talk up in public. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Deal with that job-related problem on-site — that is, at the workplace. Avoid taking it […]


Credit report security freezes and fraud alerts differences

With major data breaches becoming too common, people often wonder how to stop criminals from stealing their identity, and rightly so. Identity thieves drain bank accounts, run up charges on lines of credit, and steal tax refunds. It can take months to detect the damage and years to clean it up. Just consider: • Hackers recently stole highly sensitive personal […]

Don’t compare yourself… celebrate yourself, your gifts!

How many of us are constantly comparing ourselves to others? I call it the “keeping up with the Jones’ syndrome.” We love our new car, until our neighbor pulls up with their new car. We purchase a new coat, and love it—that is until we see our co-worker come in with her new styling jacket. Unfortunately, comparison doesn’t only pertain […]

The Long Line

Teach them to fly through wilderness and world experiences

T he other day my youngest child got on a bus and headed off to the Minneapolis airport as I stood on the Virginia High School grounds and cried. I wasn’t really sure exactly why I was crying. Maybe because she seemed so grown up? Or maybe it was slightly out of fear for her safety? I had heard one […]

Out of the Blue

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me.”

NOTE: A version of this short story ran in HTF for Father’s Day some nine years ago, dedicated to my dad and my grandpa. It was my 37th Out of the Blue piece. Some hundreds of columns later, it seems like a good one to share again for this Father’s Day. Before sharing it, a couple of things: I had […]

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