Category: Press Columns

I don’t know

Sometimes we just cannot keep our mouths closed, especially on-line. For example, there are websites where people can ask any sort of question, and those who have the answer can chime in and let the asker know what the answer…

Ending the year with a “0”

I always try to write something very Christmassy and festive each year, but with a bunch of “Merry Christmas” ads to design, I just didn’t have time to do that before Christmas, or even in time for the new year.…

Goosebumps with my flag

I’m not writing this to weigh in on either side of the discussion about how best to recognize and honor our American flag. Because of my newspaper background, I’ve always believed in the constitutional right to freedom of speech and…

Building up our local businesses

American Falls is at an interesting place in its life. If you talk to some, the economics of American Falls has never been better. If you talk to others, the town is on the verge of collapse. It’s easy to…

One night at a time is enough

As we sit surrounded by national and international tragedies, one thought continues to enter my mind: Why doesn’t the world end already? Seriously, how much more can we take? People have predicted its end for thousands of years. But the…

Now I know my livestock

As with past years, this year I helped take pictures of each animal, seller and buyer at the 4-H livestock sale at the Power County Fair. This year, however, was a little bit different. Instead of having us take pictures…

Three wonderful years

Around this time last year I was telling my wife Adriana happy anniversary for the first time. It worked out because paper was the first year anniversary gift, so I wrote her a column and called it good. Adriana gave…

A 10-year love note

To my sweet, dear Angie, I guess with the ups and downs and spirals of life, and with so much concentration on just surviving from one point to the next, I sometimes don’t notice that 10 YEARS HAVE GONE BY…

Cheap diapers and peanut butter monsters

Eight and a half years ago, in this very column, I shared my newfound parental wisdom by recommending parents only buy name-brand diapers and off-brand wipes. In fact, the title of the column was called “Buy expensive diapers, cheap wipes.”…

The mystery of a missing toenail

There was a time as a young boy when I thought wearing an eye patch would be cool. Eye patches, I thought, provided an aura of mystery around the wearer. Why did they have the eye patch? What exactly is…