Month: July 2010

  • free oil change

    I snagged the coupon for a free smoothie at a fast food restaurant in a recent El Dorado News-Times. I like sales and advertised specials, but I especially enjoy a free item or service and will go out of my way just because something is free. So I immediately understood my friend’s determination to get…

  • Chef Mert experiments

    Great rejoicing welcomed the letter providing a tuition scholarship to my son’s preferred graduate school. Quickly followed by anxiety as he looked for an affordable room to rent and considered the reality of planning, purchasing and preparing all of his own meals. Sure, he had saved money from his summer job, but routine living costs…

  • Samuel Davis Hershberger arrives

    Babies refuse to cooperate with the best laid plans of parents and physicians for their birthday party. For the first baby my St. Louis daughter-in-love planned everything natural from birth to food. Then the stress of finishing school and working combined with a baby just a bit off center resulted in surgery that possibly interfered…

  • Reading and memorizing in the summer

    “But I don’t like to read,” my granddaughter whined when I handed her a Nancy Drew mystery book. “Read three chapters of it anyway,” I said. It was after all not the first book I had suggested. She reluctantly sat down and began reading. “What does this word mean?” she pointed to ‘glints’. “Shiny, sparkles…

  • First we work

    “Slave mart calling. We need two boys,” the neighbor kid chanted as he leaned over the wall to watch my guys shovel dirt on yet another day of summer vacation. I resembled that statement. The guys had to pitch in and help the two summers we worked to expand our Michigan basement to a full…