Author Archives: linlmercer
Magic and Memories
It was only her seventh Christmas eve. Naturally, Ella couldn’t get to sleep. Continue reading
Wet & Dry Wisdom For the Novice Canoer
I recently ran across my list of “personal lessons-learned the hard way” after my first canoe trip down the South Branch of the Potomac with a local volunteer water conservancy organization. Although the trip occurred a few years ago, I … Continue reading
An old woman’s view of the 2016 protests after 46 years of elections.
I’ve always tried to follow the old adage, “never discuss religion or politics” if you want to keep a friend. But not today. I’ve been watching the mostly young hordes of folks protesting the Trump victory by filling the streets … Continue reading
What’s Beneath Our Feet?
A tale of hiking in the Rockies. Continue reading
Harriet Homeowner’s Plumbing Career Goes Down the Drain
I have come to the firm conclusion that it was the fault of the women’s liberation movement that my toilet blew up. It used to be when something went wrong with the plumbing you screamed for the nearest male, be … Continue reading
Alex O’Loughlin – An Actor’s Actor
This is, as the old “Phantom” comic strip used to say, for those who came in late. You may have just discovered Alex as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0 or just noticed the fantastic looking guy on the cover of “Men’s … Continue reading
When Did One Billion Dollars Become Like a Raindrop in a Hurricane?
So, the debt crisis is over. The boys on the beach finally noticed that high tide was about to destroy their sandcastle. Everything is right with the world and, WHOOPY, Congress can go on vacation. Oops, I mean recess of … Continue reading
The Darn Debt Ceiling Fight
Both sides claim they are fighting for a compromise. What they really remind me of is two brats fighting over the best way to build a sand castle while ignoring the fact that the rising tide will soon wipe everything … Continue reading
Deja Vu and Marcellus Shale “fracking”
I chanced upon a program this morning that actually seemed balanced and fair-sided on the issue of fracking. They concentrated on the Marcellus Shale area in Pennsylvania but I stopped to listen since we are facing the same conundrum in West … Continue reading
The “Feel” of Quiet
Sunday morning. A clear sky. Not humid yet and an ever so slight breeze. It “feels” like a quiet morning here in the mountains. “Feels” like quiet? Yes, feels. True, the usual cacophony of birds is absent. They’ve finished their territorial calling … Continue reading