More Columns From This Author

August 29, 2014

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We have a bit of good news to report here at the Dogpound, our fish...specifically the Angel fish, have buried the fish hooks [so to speak].

August 20, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful but befuddle world of the Dogpound. Well, actually to tell the truth, I am a little more than upset with my car insurance. I will not mention names here, but I have been with them a very long time and they pulled a stunt that I was not very happy about.

August 13, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I don’t normally go shopping for clothes, but I have this wedding coming up [not mine!] and I have lost about 10 pounds, which my body has grudgingly given up.

August 6, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where there is joy in the air. Yes, I have my baby back home where she belongs. No, not you Max, you are already home. I am talking about my laptop.

July 30, 2014

Hello and welcome to the extra distance issue of the Dogpound. Well, my poor laptop has bitten the dust. Well, not really. The on-and-off button has decided to stay in the off position, so I have been forced to sneak back into work and use my office computer to keep the supply-chain full of Dogpound wit and humor.

July 23, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Well, the good news is that my small cherry tomato plants are doing well and so far have avoided the ravenous green caterpillars that appear every year to try and eat my tomato plants before I get to eat the tomatoes.

July 16, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Almost did not get around to making this one due to the over-sight…or maybe the under-sight of another vehicle driver.

July 9, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I suspect you had a nice Fourth of July weekend, and along with all the other activities, I hope you did something patriotic to appropriately celebrate this important national holiday.

July 3, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I had an interesting morning today as I prepared to leave for work. I opened my garage door and the neighbor’s dog was down by the pond barking at something.

June 24, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off, before I forget, we need to wish all the dads out there a happy Father’s Day. Yes, I am fully aware that this day has come and gone, but I do write these articles in advance and I get into a distorted time warp at times.

June 17, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Not much going on right now, got the car running halfway decent for a car that is on its way to the 200,000 mile marker, and the yard planting is about done for the season. Of course the Finals for basketball and hockey have come to a close.

June 11, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Lots of graduations are happening across the country and the outlook for many of those graduates, at least in the job market, is not promising.

June 4, 2014

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound at which time we are both apologetic and angry. When we first started the development of the Dogpound, we promised you more transparency than ever before demonstrated by an article in this newspaper.

May 28, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the second chapter of the thrilling “the good and the bad, and the good” in the Dogpound. In my last article, which I hope you read because the rest of this article will not make much sense if you did not, I am stranded at the post office on a late Friday afternoon.

May 21, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where things can go from good to bad and back to good. Let me explain what I mean. Last Friday, I was going to leave for lunch a bit early to run some errands and decided to visit the rest room before I left the building.

May 14, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where we are celebrating Mother’s Day. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.

May 7, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and looking forward to the next holiday which is Mother’s Day if my calendar is correct.

April 30, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where the government is always working for your best interest. The current Administration has a “Biogas Roadmap,” part of an all –of-the-above approach to cut carbon pollution which will ensure

April 23, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I just came across an article that stated that college football players on scholarship want to join a union. Not sure why, but the football players at Northwestern University have cleared their first major hurdle with the National Labor Relations Board.

April 16, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Well, March madness is finally over, thankfully, since my team [Buckeyes] never got out of the starter’s box this year.

April 16, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. In my last article I mentioned I spent the weekend cutting down a pine tree, but that was not the end of my weekend. I had taken my car in for repairs during the week and somehow they let the battery run down which kicked in the anti-theft radio mode.

April 16, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. The past weekend was shaping up to be very nice weather-wise, so I decided that it would be a good time to cut some pine trees.

March 26, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off we are happy to report that Max has come to terms with his new ramp, and though he still needs my gentle guidance, his backside has not fallen off for several days now. My back says “Thank You!”

March 19, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have mentioned before that I have had a series of cramps in my calves and feet. It first started out with a painful shot in the middle of the night in one or both of my calves.

March 12, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have mentioned in the past that Max has arthritis in his hips and negotiating steps has become a major effort for him, so to compensate, I have been lifting and carrying him up and down the steps in the garage.

March 5, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful medical world of the Dogpound. As I have mentioned Max is getting old...uh…older…uh…older like me [Max you can let go of my pant leg now]. Max is on several meds for arthritis pain in his back and hips.

February 26, 2014

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound where we are always interested in trying new things. My dentist…actually the lady that cleans my teeth is always on my case about flossing and of late wanted me to start using a water pic.

February 19, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the strange world of the Dogpound. Now I know and you know that newspapers and television news shows all throw out headline screamers to grab your attention and tweak your interest just enough to stay tuned or read the rest of the article.

February 12, 2014

Hello and welcome back again to the wonderful and dangerous world of the Dogpound. If you remember, last year I had an incident with snow getting into the attic over my garage, causing part of the ceiling to collapse.

January 29, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Mother Nature has been busy of late playing hard ball Winter, and might even take a shot at the Super Bowl, which will be unprotected from her snowy efforts.

January 22, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful New Year of the Dogpound. “Yes, Max. I checked the paper over twice. You are not in this year’s issue of “Year in Review.” I know, I know...how could that be? That is like what…how many years running?

January 15, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the Dogpound, where traveling is truly an adventure. In my last article, if you remember, and I would be very disappointed if you did not, I was flying to see family for Christmas but got caught in the Chicago “curse” that seems to follow me any time I land at that airport.

January 15, 2014

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful after-the-holidays Dogpound. We in the pack hope that you had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I had the opportunity to go to Knoxville to visit my middle daughter and her family for the holidays but it became a bit more of a trip than I had expected.

December 18, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful food patrol world of the Dogpound. The government just announced that they are banning all trans fats in food even though usage has been declining for years; since 2005 the industry has reduced their trans fats use by over 70 percent.

December 11, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. You know that old saying ...”Your house is your castle?”…well, it appears it is getting less and less so. The town of San Rafael, California has passed a ban on smoking that is deemed as the most stringent in the country. The ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes.

December 4, 2013

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Our company decided to give us turkeys for Thanksgiving, which was a bit of a surprise since they have cut about everything else out, but somehow the traditional turkey giving survived the cut.

November 27, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Hopefully everyone will have a great Thanksgiving and received no permanent injuries from the annual Black Friday Rumble. This article was written in advance of the expected stampede so I have no additional information to add to the survival of the “got to have it” shopper.

November 20, 2013

Hello and welcome to the holiday world of the Dogpound. Hard to believe that the two biggest holidays of the season are almost here…Thanksgiving and Christmas. What, Max? No, I have not even started looking for your Christmas present yet. I believe there is no Christmas shopping till after Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I realize for the past few articles I have not really included any jokes. What Max? Oh...yea…I get it. I am the joke. Ha! Ha!

November 6, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful repeating world of the Dogpound. Well, let’s just use those famous lyrics that go, ”Oooops! I did it again.” Yep! I had another birthday just over a week ago. Not something I look forward to anymore, not like when I was young.

October 30, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was telling you about our neighbors new puppy and how attached she has become to me and Max. What I did not know is that this attachment would turn into an actual reaction.

October 23, 2013

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We have a new puppy. What Max? Yes...I know that she is not “technically” our puppy. She should be since she comes over every day. I guess I need to backup a bit.

October 16, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the security conscious world of the Dogpound. I had the opportunity to attend an NFL game the other weekend along with my boss, John and, his fairly new wife, Mindy.

October 9, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I had a bit of a strange event this past weekend…some might even consider it bizarre that I even bring this up, but that has never stopped me before. LOL

October 2, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was just sitting here thinking about the little things that irritate me...and no, Max, I am not talking about you. And yes, I know it is a good thing if I value by tennis shoes…I get it.

September 25, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have a hummingbird feeder out in my yard. The feeder is a good 30 feet from the kitchen window and I can see the little birds zipping here and there, but they are too far away to really see what they are doing.

September 18, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the hard working pack of the Dogpound. Hard to believe that Labor Day has passed. So, how many days does that make it before Christmas? I don’t know and I do not want to know!

September 11, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was trying to use up some of my credit card points and I was really struggling with what to use them for, since most of the items presented…at least at my point level…

September 4, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the troublesome world of the Dogpound. First off, my brother just got home from a quad bypass. Good news is that he did admit himself when he was not feeling very well.

August 28, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was watching a show the other night…I think it was 20/20, and they were doing a series on the advancement of robotics. Not the metal hard-wired ” Will…danger...danger!” kind of robot.

August 21, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Now, the title may be a bit misleading in that I am not referring to someone who is physically blind, I am talking about that frustrating inanimate object that covers my windows.

August 14, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I previously wrote about my visit to the local Subway and the confusion the cashier had over my order. Well, I decided to go back again this week.

August 7, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I do not remember if I mentioned it or not. I have a rogue flower in my flower bed. Not just a flower, but a really big flower.

July 31, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I know many of you, like myself, go to work every day, and it can be a bit of grind. However, no one said that you could not have a little fun at work to help the time to go by and release some of that built-up stress.

July 24, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Have you ever seen a cartoon or read a joke and remarked that you have actually had the same thing happened to you?

July 17, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Sometimes in this world it is good not be number one and just recently the United States was surpassed by Mexico… just barely but they did surpass us as being the fattest country in the world.

July 10, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We hope you had a great Fourth of July and came back with all of your body parts intact. Max is not really thrilled about this day since he does not like loud noises that sound like rolling thunder and lightning.

July 3, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wondrous world of the Dogpound. Just when you think you have seen and done it all something else pops up to prove you really don’t understand the universe. Let me give you an example.

June 26, 2013

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. And…what do you want Max? Why do you think I am writing about you? Oh...yes…your name is in the title but I am not writing about you…as if it is any of your business. Why use your name in the title then?

June 19, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the kind and gentle world of the Dogpound. We in the pack are noted for our courtesy and kindness toward each other, so it was rather unusual that I was getting the quick eye from some of the customers at the CVS store. You know those looks.

June 12, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the beautiful and sometimes unusual Dogpound. Some months ago…about a year ago I wrote about my problems getting out of a garage parking lot. In that incident I had put my credit card in upside down and instead of just spitting it back out at me and telling me to try again, it decided to keep it.

June 5, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have lived in the country for six years now and I have had my share of bugs, mice and insects, but one that I have not encountered…inside the house that is…have been ants.

May 29, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the financial world of the Dogpound. Some years ago I changed jobs, moved and built a new house, while at the same time I put my other house for sale. This was six years ago and the house still has not sold. Yes, six long years carrying two mortgages…my aching billfold.

May 22, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the aquatic world of the Dogpound. I finally got my 30-gallon aquarium out of the moth balls and found a place in the living room that received a minimum amount of sunlight in order to limit the growth of algae.

May 15, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful dental world of the Dogpound. A few weeks ago I wrote about my experience with my dentist and the impression he tried to take of my back teeth. Well, in about the same time frame I had to go to another dentist to have a root canal done.

May 8, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Virtually every package or container that we purchase these days is covered with a wide range of information. Recently I discovered a few interesting ones that I thought I would share with the Dogpound pack.

May 1, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Hope everyone had a nice Easter and got their full dose of March Madness. Just a few odds and ends for today’s article; figured you did not need a lot of brain effort at this point of the week after all of that activity.

April 24, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I must say Max is a good dog, but he does have an annoying habit. Yes, Max…you are not perfect you know. What do you mean compared to me? Watch your tongue there or I will have to put you in the other room.

April 17, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I had to visit the dentist this week to get fitted for a partial. Not too thrilled about it, but the dentist believes that this will take pressure off my front teeth since I have very few back teeth.

April 10, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I am sure many of you have read the news about the young boy who was suspended because he ate his pop tart into the shape of a gun...or it could have been an “L”… So here is our possible future.

April 3, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the healthy world of the Dogpound. Many companies these days have “wellness” programs that encourage employees through various means to take care of themselves. Some offer free annual checkups, some offer contest to walk “x” miles, or lose a certain percentage of weight, to providing monthly magazines full of good healthy ideas.

March 27, 2013

Hello and welcome to unhealthy issue of the Dogpound. I have to admit it has been a rough week. Started out with just a bit of a runny nose and a slight cough. Then the cough turned into a hair ball from Elm’s Street…a bad nagging cough that would not respond to any kind of over the counter medication.

March 20, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the disappearing world of the Dogpound. You remember the old song with the catchy phrase…”Na, Na, Hey, Hey, kiss him goodbye” by the Steam; well, you can apply that to our Saturday Post Office delivery in a few months.

March 13, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. My breakfast routine during the week is pretty much the same every day; I have a nice bowl of instant oatmeal…generally one with cinnamon and/or maple flavoring. It is quick, warm on a cold winter day, and healthy.

March 6, 2013

Hello and welcome to the awkward world of the Dogpound. Sometimes you just do not need ice and snow to make walking a hazardous chore. Let me explain. I was sleeping Sunday morning when Max let me know that he had to get out for his morning activities.

February 27, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Writing an article every week can be a challenge at times; it is hard to find something interesting to write about each week, and then other times the story seems to write itself…and this is one of them.

February 20, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day and stayed away from the awful storm that hit the Northeast…and of course global warming was blamed again.

February 13, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the Dogpound world where we pause a minute in silence to commemorate the passing of football for another season. I am writing this on Friday before the big game…the Super Bowl game… a game that almost stops the world for a few hours on Sunday.

February 6, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Just when you think things are getting back to normal we find new ways to whip things into turmoil. For example…there was lip-sync singing at the Presidential swearing in and you would have thought it was a national secret breach as covered by Main Stream Media

January 23, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the less than happy Dogpound. As my faithful readers remember, a few weeks ago I wrote about my efforts to purchase a TV info guitar CD. Well, I got the package a few weeks later and it sat on my printer unopened, waiting for that hour of solitude that would allow me to properly inspect my Christmas gift to me.

January 16, 2013

Hello and welcome to the bad news time in the Dogpound. The year in the Dogpound is not off to a good start this year. I came home for lunch last week, opened the garage door and found a section of my garage ceiling lying on the floor covered with strawberry color insulation.

January 11, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful New Year in the Dogpound. Yep, 2012 is now a memory and we are marching headlong into another year with ever increasing speed. Now, most of you know from my past New Year’s articles that I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.

January 2, 2013

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the holiday season in the Dogpound community. Yes, it is that time again in the Dogpound where you find us rushing around in the late hours of the night trying to prepare for that big event. In most cases you would be correct in thinking this was about Christmas…

December 19, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the Merry Merry Christmas Dogpound. Yes, it is almost time for that jolly old man to make his rounds [no..not Obama], and this year I think he is going to skip Congress and the White House.

December 12, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. In this article we are going to talk a little bit about Max. Yes, Max, you are the only Max I know, and you are going to be headlining this article. You should feel honored. What do you mean you will reserve that judgment?

December 5, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Hard to believe it is now officially December and we are on the countdown to Xmas, and a New Year. Along with that information comes the need to burn vacation time since my company will not allow us to roll-over time into the next year.

November 28, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I am writing this in advance of Black Friday, Black Thursday…or whatever it is called now. Personally I think a good name would be “Credit Card Day”….you think?

November 25, 2012

I mean we have not even had time for our turkey dinner to settle and folks are expected to load the family into the car and head to the stores to do some heavy credit card shopping. Seems ridiculous to us in the Dogpound but again stores will only do what is supported by the almighty customer. If no one showed up at 9 p.m…I would think the stores would very quickly get the message that there are lines that we will not cross.

November 14, 2012

The other week, I mentioned “bumps in the night.” Funny how things work out, since I got a “bump” the other day while sitting at a stop light. In my rear-view mirror, I could see the hood of a big, big, red pick-up pressed up ever so close to my SUV’s back door. Too close.

November 7, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the medical world of the Dogpound. No, not me, although I do take enough pills to make a good second choice for your local pharmacy, but this time Max is the pill popper. Max developed a raw spot on his hind leg and the vet thought it was nothing major, but she put him on a pain killer and an antibiotic.

October 31, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. If my timing is correct…since I do write this ahead of time…we are almost ready for the final showdown for the presidential race. Speaking of the presidential race I have read that then new Iphone…the one that features Siri…”you speak and she answers”.

October 24, 2012

Hello and welcome to the Dogpound where fame is fleetingly short. This Spring we were bought by another company and they are big on bringing in consultants to evaluate our business practices. One team was asked to look at our corrugated purchases [cartons], and although it is always done as an improvement exercise, these consultants do not get any money unless they find savings.

October 17, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the birthday edition of the Dogpound. Yep, it is that time again when the clock on the wall says another year has rolled by and you are still on this side of the green earth. No Max, I am not talking about your birthday…this is about my birthday…yours is sometime in November.

October 10, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the legal world of the Dogpound. I kind of keep an eye out for lawsuits…not mine of course...but those that make you roll your eyes when you read about them.

October 3, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the Dogpound community that is getting older as we speak. The other day Max and I were enjoying a nice sunny Friday afternoon on the porch. I was sitting in the porch swing with a cool drink and Max had settled in by my feet…both of us enjoying the warmth from a low hanging sun.

September 26, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of television in the Dogpound. I am sure many of you are fans of America’s Got Talent (AGT) and watched them a few weeks ago pick the final winner for 2012. Now Max tells me he knew who the winner would be all along.

September 19, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. “Are you ready for some football?” I was definitely ready for the season to start. I am not a big baseball fan, so there is a big gaping hole between when basketball ends and football season begins.

September 5, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the Dogpound, where we are going to rest up on the day they call Labor Day.

August 29, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have mentioned that the company I work for has a small gym downtown that we have access to 24/7; not much, but it has enough to give you a good workout.

August 22, 2012

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We all have gripes about things and there are some gripes that are not new but keep resurfacing and then there are new ones…right out of the clear blue sky.