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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…

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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…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Christmas Specters In Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a portion of his introduction written in 1843 states, “I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea….” We may ask just what his “ghost of an idea?” is. Perhaps he meant for people to be more aware of and…

This, That, and Other Stuff

Honor our vets November 11!

Bob Neuman Stop and honor our veterans on November 11. November is a notable month. Here at SunBird, all our winter friends have mostly arrived. We are getting ready for the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas is getting close. When a young boy I would stand and watch the Armistice Day parade go by; there were…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman An old-time piano player in the 1920s named Fats Waller was known for the silly song I’m Gonna’ Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. I rather doubt that anyone would do that but if so, do you suppose they would mail it? When was the last time you picked up your pen…