Labor Day for Those Paid and Unpaid

COVID Labor Day Here we are celebrating Labor Day during a coronavirus shutdown. A day to honor those who made and are making contributions to the well-being of the country. At first blush, one thinks of those paid for their labor as the recipients of the honor. It should cause …

My New Normal, Bowl…Bowl…Bowl

My world is trying to return to normal as we near September. For the last thirty years, this would be the time when the bowling leagues wrapped up their summer seasons and the meetings for the fall season held. Well, there was no summer season this year. COVID struck in …

Bigger is not always Best

Bigger is not always best. Take our experience with getting a car’s window glass replaced. Disaster Six weeks ago, we learned our car’s window was broken, not chipped, shattered. The window was broken while sitting in our driveway. I taped over the window with duck tape to seal it against …

Some Cameron and Knott Family History

Dwane’s Grandparents and Parents A long time ago, Elizabeth Midkiff and James Frederick Harris had a beautiful daughter named Mary Ruth in Owensboro, Kentucky. The date was 23 January 1927. Almost two months later, Johanna Mae Elder and Hilary Oswald Knott had a handsome son named Francis Leo. It was …

Our Summer with Covid-19

  First, my wife and I are doing well, sitting out the Covid-19 in a half-opened Maryland. Summer Time Covid-19 has affected our usual summer. What do two senior retirees do for the summer? Other years, we would have bowled until early May in leagues. After the leagues, we would …

The 2020 Minneapolis Riots

1960 Riots I am old enough to remember the riots of the 1960s. During that decade, there were hundreds of demonstrations, turned destructive riots in many urban areas. Is 2020 the start of another decade of urban destruction? George Floyd George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis on …

Covid-19 and the Blue Angels

Covid-19 and homebound are causing some people to lose perspective. What do I mean? Blue Angels flyover The Blue Angels flew over the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this morning. One of the television stations broadcasted the flyover. Within minutes, people began commenting on the video. The first several …

A Rose for James Fredrick “Fred” Harris

James Fredrick (Fred) Harris was my maternal Grandfather. He and my Grandmother lived on a small plot outside Owensboro, Kentucky in 1959. Summer Visit My Father was in the US Navy and often away. My Mother took us to visit during our summer break from school that year. We, my …

COVID-19, The Flu, and The Shutdown

Maryland is under a stay-at-home mandate from Governor Hogan. It is like those in most states to stop unnecessary travel and avoid groups. Maintain social distancing. What makes up unnecessary travel? One could look at what businesses are open in Maryland. Based on my trips, the following are open. Necessary …

Caronavirus and Homebound

  My wife and I are homebound. We have been for three weeks, and it seems we will be for another month. Homebound – Stay Home Order The coronavirus has changed everything for us, my wife and I. Maryland’s governor has issued a new order requiring us to stay home. …