May 30, 2012 - Daughter-in-law Linda saw some young lads playing basketball. They were pre-teenager children of friends.
She muscled her way onto their court, lunged for the ball, tripped and fell forehead-first on the concrete.
This was four weeks ago. Her left eye is still a mixture of mostly purple with some yellowish and reddish colors mixed in.
But, the good news is her right eye sort of matches. Two weeks ago Linda was lifting their big ol' setter, Ruger, onto the pontoon boat when the dog suddenly reared its head and hit Linda's second eye real hard.
In between accidents Linda diagnosed her first ground encounter giving her a concussion. She couldn't remember driving home from the basketball game. But she did remember doctor time.
With the physical examination over, the doctor started asking questions about causes.
Dr.: "Was this a domestic dispute?"
Linda: "Did you read my husband's obituary in the paper? No. Then it wasn't a domestic dispute."
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Recently, I started reading utility bills more carefully. Why don't they sell their phone or electric service for less instead of having surrogates offer deals to we dependant customers?
This week's AT&T bill announces an increase in directory assistant calls starting July 15 from $1.79 to $1.89.
See how easy it is for utilities to raise rates to a captured audience.
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Two Mexican detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez.
"How was he killed?" asked one detective.
"With a golf gun," the other detective replied.
"A golf gun! What is a golf gun?"
"I don't know, but it sure made a hole in Juan."
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Being exposed (through the media) to crime in Detroit I find myself looking for answers just like that city's folks.
The attack on the Rev. Marvin Winans brought even more wonderment, more why's and other questions.
My wonderments have been along the line of rearing. Parents and guardians should pay more attention to their kids, I've concluded.
Last Sunday, Detroit Free Press columnist, Mitch Albom, who I often read, but seldom agree, wrote, "Either those adults take more responsibility, or this will get only worse.
"Either our communities act like communities, or this will get only worse. Either we citizens watch out for each other -- and don't look the other way -- or this will get only worse."
Winans said, "Our young people have to find their purpose in life. It has to be bigger than sitting in a gas station waiting to rob innocent people."
Albom, "But someone has to teach you that from a young age."
Teaching is often done through repetition.
Parents and guardians should be spending lots of time with the "thou shall not" rules.
Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.