Peony Shower

Peony Petals Peonies are early bloomers, generally around mid-May. They are popular flowers for decorating graves on Memorial Day. By early June the plants have lost their vigor. The stems are sagging from the heavy blooms, the petals are wilting and falling everywhere. What now? Leave it to an 8-year old. Toss them in the … Continue reading Peony Shower

Memorial Day

Viet Nam Boots Memorial Day: formerly called "Decoration Day", when flowers decorated the graves of military veterans who died while serving their country. Today, Memorial Day is more likely seen as the beginning of summer and serves as a convenient reminder to remember any loved one who has gone before you. Flowers make the cemeteries … Continue reading Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Sarasota National Cemetery The first Memorial Day (called Decoration Day) was in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the sacrifices made by both sides of the Civil War. Over 620,000 men gave their life for what they believed in, a number too large to comprehend. Memorial Day became an official national holiday over 100 … Continue reading Memorial Day

Wychmere Beach Club

Wychmere Beach Club My best friends celebrated their 50th anniversary at Wychmere Beach Club on Cape Cod on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect for the Harwich Chamber of Commerce ads and travel agency photos. The story goes back farther than 50 years. We all knew each other in high school, … Continue reading Wychmere Beach Club

Memorial Day, 2018

I never get tired of looking at Old Glory, but get real excited when I see her flying in various formations. Five sets of three flag poles line each side of the drive at Valmont Industries' Corporate Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  Valmont's center-pivot irrigation systems are sold world wide, and  these flagpoles typically fly flags … Continue reading Memorial Day, 2018

Iris Bed

There is a new neighbor on the block.  He moved in last fall, and owns a schnauzer that he walks daily.  I know this because the schnauzer is frequently spotted relieving himself in my wife's flower bed. While annoying, I told myself, "Fuhgetta Bout It!".  It's just payback for the times my dog has relieved herself … Continue reading Iris Bed

Memorial Day – The Big Team

Baseball may not be as popular today as it was in the 1950's when it was called America's Past Time, but it still draws a lot of little people.  I have four grandsons playing baseball this year, ages 3-15.  Yeah, 3!  Can you believe that?  In Ankeny, Iowa 3-4 year olds start out with "Blast … Continue reading Memorial Day – The Big Team

Fort McPherson

About 3-4 miles south of Maxwell, NE (pop. 312) on State Hwy 56A lies Fort McPherson National Cemetery.  Established in 1863, the fort was originally built to protect travelers along the Oregon Trail.  As western settlement progressed, the need for soldiers decreased and the fort took on a new role as a national cemetery. The nation's … Continue reading Fort McPherson

National Pride

Do you remember the first time you looked at our nation's flag and felt pride; you know, got goose bumps, lost yourself in the moment, sort of like a hallelujah moment?  Maybe I should ask, "Have you ever felt that way about the American flag?"   I'm sure you would remember it if you did. … Continue reading National Pride