Where do the birds go before a storm?  

Barry Evans

Well, the storm has passed, but The Blonde in the house is still fretting. Actually, she was fretting about the same subject before the storm. That is, where do the birds go before a storm – and now when do they come back?  Before the storm I told her that birds have been in Florida […]

Heed advice of Charles Dickens in days of post-Irma recovery

Barry Evans

The Blonde in the house and I express our hope that everyone and their loved ones survived Irma.  As I mentioned last week, hurricanes are not kind in their performance.  They do not care who or what is in their way.  They move the way they want and woe betide anything or anyone that is […]

Remembering scenes of destruction from previous hurricanes

Barry Evans

It is difficult to write a normal missive when a hurricane is possibly headed this way.  When I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, hurricanes were something that occurred in other places and little thought was given to them.  Of course, back then the long warning systems were not available, and television was not there to […]

Nostalgia and grandchildren  

Barry Evans

Nostalgia is good. It works even through generations. When our kids were growing up, I used to tell them of a tale that occurred when I was around five or six. We lived in a town called Belevue which was not too far north of Pittsburgh. I rode my 20-inch bike all over, including across […]

Division of labor

Barry Evans

We have a rather strict division of labor in our house.  One of my more onerous duties, if I am home (somehow I usually am when the melodious dryer tune plays) is to take the clothes out of the dryer and put them away.  I have nothing to do with the washing of the clothes […]

Perseverance

Barry Evans

The other Sunday the minister at the church we attend gave a sermon on perseverance.  It was mentioned in a religious sense, of course.  However, he did give an everyday example of using perseverance.  He mentioned that his dad had lost an expensive hearing aid while out in the yard. Apparently, a large number of neighbors had […]

Murphy’s Law is still out there working its mystic ways

Barry Evans

Murphy’s Law is still out there working its mystic ways. A subject that belongs in the Murphy stable, if it is not already there involves warranties. Why is it if you don’t get one, you need it, and if you do, you never use it? On other hand if I had taken every warranty offered, […]

For all of us who went to small colleges

Barry Evans

Like lots of folks I receive information from my college, which happens to be mighty Thiel College.  Now it is not always a request for funds (at which they are no better or worse than other colleges).  What they did send recently was a quarterly publication called “The Bell.”  I used to really like to […]

Blame it on Hugh Rotherham

Barry Evans

Golf is a great game.  Easy on your nerves, the ball goes where you want it to, and you have a pleasant time just smiling and hitting.  The foregoing is true if you happen to be a character in a fantasy story.  Unfortunately, I am not.  Probably even if I were, I would still be […]

Heat!

Barry Evans

The weather has gone beyond hot this summer – at least for me.  Now I do not want to start a conversation about global warming.  I will leave that to the “experts” – may their tribe become more expert so that the absolute truth be made known one way or the other so no one […]