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Just Jonathan: A Lesson on Flushing

One of the best lessons I have ever learned came from a 2019 band event where Mike Carnahan introduced me to the idea of flushing other people’s toilets. While you might think this is gross and you’re going to stop reading, I urge you to think about the statement a little deeper. Sure, ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Happy Easter!

With Easter just a little over a week away, here is a story entitled "The Three Trees." I believe the author is anonymous and it's a rather appropriate story for our season of Easter. Here goes.... Once upon a time three little trees stood alongside the other trees in the forest and they all ...

Magic Mike 6XL: The safari annoyance

In the last couple of weeks, I have been driven to the brink of insanity, then slowly backed away from the precipice of that nutty abyss. All because of my Father, that old S.O.B. Ya see, my Father retired a few years back. At first, it was awful, for the rest of us anyway, but then his ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Happy Easter!

With Easter just a little over a week away, here is a story entitled "The Three Trees." I believe the author is anonymous and it's a rather appropriate story for our season of Easter. Here goes.... Once upon a time three little trees stood alongside the other trees in the forest and they all ...

Just Jonathan: A return

Returning to the byline. I never set out to become a small town reporter, heck I never set out to be a reporter at all. Somehow almost exactly one year ago I made my writing debut in a duo piece with my lifelong friend and now journalist colleague Michael D. Davis. What all started as a crazy ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Un-luck of the Irish

Last year was my first year with the paper. I didn't have any schoolin' on bein' a reporter nor much trainin'. All of my learnin' was boiled down into two things, helpful tips from my newspaper brethren and black and white movies where the reporter talks out of the side of his mouth and solves ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Random thoughts and surprises!

Just to be clear, when I say "random thoughts," they can be closely tied to delusion. My mind is an open book filled with empty pages. But here are a few of my thoughts and maybe a couple of surprises along the way. Next week, our oldest daughter, Sarah will be turning 47 years old! Deb and ...

Magic Mike 6XL: The Battle of the Jon Voight

Car shopping is not often fun, but necessary. It is not a sport or a pastime. No. Car shopping is all out warfare between two lifelong enemies, the salesman, and the customer. This here, this is the story of the battle of the Jon Voight. A few years ago, it was decided that I would get a ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Random thoughts and surprises!

Just to be clear, when I say "random thoughts," they can be closely tied to delusion. My mind is an open book filled with empty pages. But here are a few of my thoughts and maybe a couple of surprises along the way. Next week, our oldest daughter, Sarah will be turning 47 years old! Deb and ...

Magic Mike 6XL: A person person

He stood before me with a confidence and ease that hadn't been seen since the likes of Humphrey Bogart or Paul Newman. He didn't wear pants. He didn't need pants. He touched my nose and said, "Tickle, tickle." It was in that instant that I realized, even though I was in a room with about 10 ...