a word to the wise

A Word to the Wise: Springsteen’s new release touches a chord

I never buy any new music these days without first giving it a test listen. However, there is one exception to my rule — Bruce Springsteen. The Boss seems to speak in a language ...

A Word to the Wise: Did Jesus come to abolish religion?

Religion gets a bad name from time to time. Sometimes it may seem to be a deserved chiding. Jeff Bethke has earned over 19 million views for his YouTube post titled, “Why I hate ...

A Word to the Wise: Life is like a theatrical production

We recently attended a memorial service for a family member who died last month. The memorial took place at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton. Located on Main Street, it was formerl ...

A Word to the Wise: Appreciating the long and short of life

Not long before he died late last year, columnist and general overall curmudgeon Andy Rooney stated in an interview, “There is so much going on, who couldn’t write a column?” ...

Word to the Wise: Watch what you say - to yourself

All too often we affix labels onto others. All too often we live up, or down, to the labels that others have placed upon us. Years ago Shad Helmstetter wrote a book titled, “Wha ...

A Word to the Wise: Celebrating two centuries of Dickens

I love to read books. Now, before you accuse me of stating the obvious (what else can you read?) let me explain. The advent of e-readers, for some, marks the beginning of the end ...

A Word to the Wise: Enjoy the universal language of music

We just returned from our first trip to the fine venue in Folsom known as Three Stages. If you haven’t yet visited, make plans to check it out. What a gem that place is right he ...

A Word to the Wise: The countdown to 2012 has begun

Did you notice the thick fog that enveloped several of our recent nights? Every time I see such a covering as this, a line from a Sandburg poem comes to mind — “the fog comes o ...

Word to the Wise: Leaves a’changin’ but it’s still my Father’s world

Because of our prolonged spring and relatively mild summer, the leaves around here are taking their sweet time changing and falling. I keep record of such matters each year. And no ...

A Word to the Wise: A view from this side of the Occupy movement

Perhaps like me you have watched the events of the recent weeks with some curiosity as groups of people “occupy” their cities in protest of ... well, something, or a growing li ...