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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…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Communication hinges on the ability to listen, then respond. A Christmas carol asks the question, “Do you hear what I hear?” Maybe so; maybe not. There are those who think verbal conversation has gone the way of the outhouse and the buggy. Communication is defined as the exchange of information between individuals; a…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman Are young people becoming detached? Is there a decline in the art of verbal communication? Is it being replaced by our punching cell phone buttons and over using computers? To an alert observer, it would appear so. Perhaps partial blame goes to some English teachers who give grammar and usage a casual swipe…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman We have been taught and influenced by our parents, teachers, minister, friends, plus adopting our lifestyle from many examples of others. Television personality Dr. Phil asks if we really know how to live and succeed in this world. “Some get it while others never will,” he states. Several of his books inform us…

This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman “To sleep, perchance to dream” – Shakespeare I’ll bet you have never attended a lawn party in your birthday suit. Well, I have. I also stabbed a burglar in the back, wandered around deserted cities at night looking for my car, been chased by a man with a gun, and backed at least…

This, That and Other Stuff – April 2015

Bob Neuman Ever experience dry mouth, stomach cramps, a fast heart rate, shaky hands, blushing, trembling legs and a croaky voice? If a man, you may be thinking, “Only when I meet a good looking babe.” Actually, you may have glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. The anxiety may begin days before the event and…

This, That and Other Stuff – March 2015

Bob Neuman Now what about those knocking and banging sounds we hear in the dead of the night? You know, the ones that make us hold our breath and tune up our ears. Are they just pipe rattles, dishes shifting in the sink or perhaps something else? People relate encounters with the deceased. An acquaintance…

This, That and Other Stuff – February 2015

Bob Neuman Prejudice, discrimination and segregation have walked this earth since the beginning of civilization. We read about slavery, the mistreatment of the early Chinese workers, and internment of Japanese-American citizens right here in Arizona and the methods used against our native Americans. Is prejudice alive and well still? Awhile back, an attractive, well dressed…