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            Surprised me.

            Fooled me.

            Struck without provocation.

            Heartless, unfair,  unforgiving.

            When the battle ended, I lay helpless, crying for survival.

            The swift battle not only interrupted my day, but my week, maybe my life forever.

            Why must life be so unfair, especially when you least expect being blindsided by disaster?

            You’ve been a good boy: eaten your cornflakes ever morning, helped with the dishes and continued to follow the Boy Scout motto nearly ever day of your life. That is if you don’t’ count the time I joined other farm boys who tipped over a neighbor’s outhouse on Halloween Eve.

            My recent challenge was not completely unexpected because the perpetrator had been stalking victims around town for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, precautions had been taken to avoid such reckless disregard for a person’s wellbeing.

            But the bully struck at midnight Sunday.

            My first thoughts were: Why didn’t my flu vaccine protect me as it had for the past century? Fortunately, my wife escaped being a victim. Next time I want the same batch of flu vaccine that she receives.

            My momma always told me to look on the bright side of life, which I discovered when I stepped on the scales this morning.

            I’ve dropped five pounds, which I picked up since entering this retirement home seven months ago and began ordering yummie desserts and ice cream after noon and evening meals.

            Which if I were to paraphrase Shakespeare, the lesson I learned might read something like this: “He who steals my purse, even my good name, steals nothing, ’twas nothing, ‘tis nothing when compared to an unwelcome gastronomic reminder to quit eating so much ice cream.”


While journalists apparently are keeping President Donald Trump awake at night while he tweets his displeasure with the performance of the media at 3 a.m., members of the press have been unpopular with presidents and members of Congress since our nation’s inception.

1157339-Cartoon-Of-A-Reporter-Boy-Taking-Notes-Royalty-Free-Vector-Clipart I was reminded of this fact while reading the opening paragraph in Donald A. Ritchie’s book, “Press Gallery: Congress and Washington Correspondents.”

“The day after the House of Representatives approved the First Amendment to the Constitution, protecting the freedom of the press, it debated barring reporters from the House floor.”

Apparently representatives felt that reporters were distorting their arguments and “mutilating their words.” In today’s parlance they would be accused of “fabricating news.” Continue reading PRESS CRITICISM BEGAN LONG BEFORE TRUMP ERA