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This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman November contains one of America’s favorite holidays. Many prefer it to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Families gather to enjoy a luscious dinner, talk about the past and speak of the future. The Pilgrims were Calvinists from England searching for freedom to worship in their own way. In 1620, the Mayflower carrying…

This, That and Other Stuff

Change can bring negative or positive results Bob Neuman Change can bring negative or positive results. Words can pack a punch; “cancer,” “guilty,” “death sentence” are a few knee bucklers. Eight years ago “Change” was promised by a rather obscure politician who became president. Evaluation of change comes by way of perception and results. Living…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman We are indeed fortunate to live at SunBird for numerous reasons. In some ways it resembles a small town. Frequently a realtor is required for the purchase or sale of a home. In 1979, I could see a bleak future after teaching 22 years. The salary was never sufficient and the standard elements…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Ever experience dry mouth, stomach cramps, a fast heart rate, shaky hands, blushing and trembling legs and a croaky voice? If you are a man you may be thinking, “Only when next to a good looking blonde.” Could be another reason called glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. The extent of the malady…

This, That and Other Stuff

Geri Dejohn and Velda Kuiper

Bob Neuman “If you have a friend that’s tried and true, never exchange him for the new.” Author unknown A picture says a thousand words, it is said. Therefore, the photo says it all. Geri Dejohn and Velda Kuiper, longtime SunBird friends, are celebrating their friendship and 90th birthdays. It’s been said a person is…

This That and Other Stuff

Enjoy Father’s Day!

Bob Neuman Fathers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tender, good listeners, good providers, lovable, protective, generous, happy, etc. If one can believe the news nowadays, others are worthless and child abusers who sometime murder the children. For a moment think about your own father. What words would you use to describe him?…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman 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 more accountable, responsible, honest…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman In February each year, Mesa is flooded with tourists who have come to watch the Chicago Cubs in spring training. Fanatics perhaps might be applicable. In the past season, the Cubs had a very good team that made the play-offs and are predicted to be contenders this season. But for years prior, it…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman The mind is an awesome and complicated body part. It has banked memories since our birth and flips them into our consciousness often when something triggers it. A certain scent, the slant of the sun, the thought of a location or seeing a friend from the past can transport one to a former…

This, that, and other stuff

Bob Neuman Are the once good qualities of some people missing in action? Do we old timers have a distorted view of how good times used to be? Have we forgotten the hardships and disappointments along the way? Weren’t there wars and the Great Depression for some of us? If so, then how could growing…