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This, That and Other Stuff

  Bob Neuman The title of a book by Thomas Wolfe is You Can’t Go Home Again. Hogwash! We do each time we leave SunBird to go watch our grandchild graduate or marry. I recently completed a visit in October to my Indiana roots where my three gregarious daughters live in different towns. Landing in…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman With another Christmas so near, our thoughts turn to the birth of Christ, shopping, family and great dinners. Every family has its own way of celebrating. Maybe it would be well to take a solitary mind trip to reflect as the following gentleman did. Remembering Christmas The hardwood creaks as he walks the…

This That and Other Stuff

Dale Huffman and wife Jean

Bob Neuman Recently, an elderly man pushing a grocery cart came toward me. He was having difficulty with it, was limping and appeared very weary and sad. His cap said “World War II Veteran.” As he approached, I tried to see the other items on it. They included a Purple Heart medal and a row…

This That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman We elderly people talk frequently of the good old days when people were sane. Were things really better when we were growing up, or is our memory playing tricks? We say there was more consideration, politeness, accountability, common sense and responsibility. Is this all true? Was there less anxiety then? Were people kinder…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Whatever happened to … Many residents of SunBird feel fortunate growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Sure, there was a big war, but wasn’t the pace slower and weren’t people, for the most part, kinder and gentler? In my small town, a bank loan sometimes took only a handshake. Weren’t the majority…

This, That and Other Stuff

Carla and Daryl Tanner

The Dumpster Shuffle Bob Neuman During a rather sleepless night recently, I came upon a visionary idea that would benefit the majority of SunBird residents. It will give them status and needed exercise. Many of us relish trash collection day when we can feel useful and important. In late afternoon each day before the exciting…

This, That and Other Stuff

American flag

Bob Neuman Throughout the year, there are several times when we stop and honor past and present military and our founding fathers. Examples are Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day on July 4 of each year. Perhaps it has been a long time since we have opened a history…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman I am convinced that people like to be complimented and acknowledged. One rarely receives bad reply from them. But what about long ago friends youíve lost track of or have simply forgotten? Perhaps they were a part of and important in your life then. I believe we all have had pivotal moments that…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Some days are great; others are horrible. No, the battle is not with the neighbors’ dog. This confrontation is between me and the contrary household gadgets and appliances. For example, the washer performs beautifully, peaceful and quietly swishing the clothes. Then, for some unknown reason, it began dancing and thumping into the wall.…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Country singer and patriot, Lee Greenwood, frequently performs a signature song “I’m Proud to Be An American” and sings it with his heart. Our world would certainly be much bleaker without music. It can entertain, inspire, comfort, produce happiness and evoke nostalgia. It may force us to focus an introspective look at something.…