July 28, 2020 · 06:45
This is the time of the year for which they wrote the song lyric: “Summertime… and the living is easy.”
Days are warm, nights become cool enough to sleep and the gardens are producing food, flowers and look beautiful in the afternoon sun.
Pickling of various vegetables consume the diligent gardeners time (I like to include myself in that category). Now is the time to fill the cool, dark larders in the basement which pays dividends in the cold harsh days ahead.
Generations of humans have experienced this time of year and for the wise among us, the shortening days inspire the instincts to prepare for the future. This is one instinct which almost all of us share, no matter our race, our geography, our nationality. For the wise among us, we know that one must prepare in the good times for the hard times most certainly ahead.
A garden in the summer is the most basic of human rites. Did you plant yours?
February 20, 2019 · 18:05
Living in a small town has many benefits, especially for a curmudgeon such as myself. Being in a rural setting brings a slower pace of life, empty roads on which to drive and a veneer of civil interaction with fellow citizens. We are friendly folk who are willing to help our neighbor and we like to live by the golden rule. Unfortunately, one aspect of human nature we can’t avoid in our bucolic setting are sex offenders.
To be sure, if you question any particular denizen of Smallville, USA, none of them know any rapists personally. Everyone they know is a good guy or gal who would never think of violating another human being in such a vile manner. However, chances are they either know someone personally who has been raped or someone who is a rapist. Or perhaps they are a predator or have been prey.
Those who know me know that I am pretty much a live and let live kind of guy. I have some strong opinions, but I don’t begrudge anyone else their opinions or beliefs. However, my libertarian streak stops with bullies. I really detest a bully, I have great disdain for anyone who takes advantage of others weaker than themselves. Rapists are the ultimate bullies. I hope God has a special corner of hell reserved for unrepentant sex offenders. Absolutely they are the worst piece of trash, sub-human in my opinion.
So, here is the reason for this serious post – Pierz has a rapist in its midst.
There is a man, in his 70’s who lives in the area who is a sexual predator. He violently raped a dear friend of mine and he got away with his crime. I have been asked not to identify him because it would be too difficult for the victim. However, this man still prowls the streets of the community. He still attends Mass in the local Catholic Church as if he doesn’t have this heinous sin on his soul. I know him; if you live in Pierz, chances are you know him also. In my opinion, he is simply a piece of shit.
If he sees himself in this post, he should first ask God’s forgiveness and then get some help. Also, he had better leave my friends alone or next time I won’t just use the printed word.