More Intra-State Feuding between Idaho Governor Brad Little and Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin
Governor Little and Lieutenant Governor McGeachin --cnn.com. Idaho is one of those states in the U.S. where the top two political offices don’t run together in state-wide elections. This means that it is possible to have a governor of one party and a lieutenant governor of another party. That would certainly create some tensions, especially when the governor is out of state, and the lieutenant governor takes over the helm.Read full story
What Happened to Boise State’s Smurf Turf Mystique?
“An Armchair Quarterback’s Real-time Critique of the Boise State-Nevada Football Game. As the announcers of last week’s BSU-Utah State game pointed out, six points are what separated Boise State from a 2-2 record (after the Utah State win) and an unblemished 4-0 record. The fans in Boise are used to the Broncos winning close games, keeping hopes alive for one of those elusive New Year’s Day games. Those hopes were dashed in game one against University of Central Florida who beat the Broncos 36-31 in a game that saw several bad decisions contribute to the loss.Read full story
Are You Getting Ready for Winter? It’s on its Way!
It’s amazing how cool a temperature of 70 degrees feels after our Boise summer of lots of 90 and 100 degree days. But the calendar told us that we officially entered the season of autumn last week, and the daytime highs are reflecting that change. I’ve lived in Boise for 28 years now -- yes, I am one of those who moved from Southern California to take a job here -- and my body still doesn’t adjust easily to having four seasons. They’re not all the same length. It seems we have long winters and long summers to go along with short springs and autumns. It could be worse.Read full story
It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Get "Normal" Veterinarian Services
The covid situation has caused an unanticipated problem that is having a huge impact on pet owners. While there isn’t much health information available on whether animals can catch, and then possibly transmit, the Covid-19 virus, even having routine appointments and examinations is much harder today.Read full story
Is Boise’s Housing Price Boom Going to Stop Anytime Soon?
Thinking of negotiating on the purchase price for a home in the Boise area? As an old saying goes, “It’s not your father’s housing market any more.”. In this case, if you are considering negotiating, you had better come to terms with the fact that you will be negotiating on how much OVER the asking price you will have to pay. The days of offering some percentage below the asking price are gone.Read full story
Halloween Activities are Starting Early in the Boise Area
Halloween is still four and a half weeks away, at least according to the calendar. But retailers have already had their items, especially all the mega-bags of candy, out for sale for over a month. I drove by a house on Ash Park Drive on Monday evening where the residents were putting the finishing touches on the massive Halloween display of spooky objects and speaking life-size characters. I’ve even seen that some of the big-box stores are already displaying Christmas decorations.Read full story
What Do “Seasonal Workers” do “Off Season”?
Most people think of “seasonal workers” as only those people who move from one agricultural crop to the next as the seasons change. But there are many other types of “seasonal workers,” and my household has been utilizing two types of them for many years. I know there are alternatives to their services, but I like things just the way they are.Read full story
Life After Death? Boise Factory Outlet Mall to Find Out
It used to be the place to go shopping, to take out-of-state visitors, to go buy every item on your Christmas list. And you could even go ice skating while you were out there. The Boise Factory Outlet Mall.Read full story
It Takes a Special Instructor to Teach at the Community Colleges
Besides some medical professionals, teachers are probably the least appreciated, most underpaid, yet most critical component in the learning and development of people of all ages, races, genders, and nationalities. There are plenty of articles about teacher pay, and how some teachers work at least one more job in order just to pay the rent. And for many of them, that is still not enough for them to be able have any lifestyle outside of work.Read full story
When Parenting Becomes Enabling
I believe that all parents embark on the lifelong journey of parenting with the best of intentions. We want the best for our children; it is said that most parents typically want their children to “do better” than they have done for themselves. I personally don’t think that is absolutely necessary, but then we are all individuals.Read full story
Changing Seasons Can Cause Impacts on Relationships
We’re at the official end of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and some locations are clearly feeling the impact of the changing weather. While many of us think that the changing of the seasons is purely related to weather and hours of sunlight, there are additional impacts that can strain our inter-personal relationships.Read full story
Boise Has a Long Reputation for Taking in Refugees
The recent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has had a residual effect of having many Afghans leave their country. Some have left for fear of retribution by take-over forces, and some have left just to seek a better life in “the promised land.”Read full story
Now I Know Why Some People Prefer a Flight of Beers
I came to my favorite pub in Boise, Copenross Growlers, to have a beer and to chat with others. I freely admit that I am NOT a beer connoisseur. Those who know me know that my preference is a light-tasting beer, a pilsner or lager. Pictured above, Carol is definitely different. She loves different flavors, and trying new things.Read full story
The Strain on Relationships Due to Alzheimer’s Disease
What do you see when you look at that image above? We don’t see the faces; we don’t see the hands; just their feet, backs and back of their heads. They could be any couple: the couple next door; your grandparents; that nice old couple from your place of worship; a couple you see walking around the block every day. They could be anybody.Read full story
Autumn is Arriving Early in Boise This Year
One week from today, September 22, marks the first day of Autumn here in Boise and the Northern Hemisphere this year. While that day is not always the 22nd—sometimes it’s the 21st—I’ve always thought of it as September 22nd. And that was always an easy day for me to remember as it was my Dad’s birthday. This year would be 106 for him, except that he’s been gone for over half that many.Read full story
One Month of As Many Car Washes as I Want
Does the idea of being able to have your car or truck washed, waxed, tires cleaned, etc., as often as you want -- does that appeal to you?. Plus you can have the floor mats washed as often as you want for NO additional price!Read full story
Have a [Good] Relationship with Your Grandparents?
Did you know that Sunday September 12th was Grandparents Day? If you’re like most people, that question is answered with a “Huh? I didn’t know there was a Grandparents Day.”Read full story
One Way of Parenting and Remembering Our Parents
We’re all mortal, even if we think that just because today came after yesterday that there will be a tomorrow. But for some, tomorrow doesn’t arrive. We know that because people die every day. My Mom passed away almost ten years ago, at the age of 94. So, in all respects, she lived a “good full life,” regardless of the tragedies and tribulations she endured (She claimed I wasn’t one of those tragedies or tribulations).Read full story
Boise State Football Home Opener Against UTEP a Thriller!
After a disappointing 36-31 loss last weekend to the University of Central Florida, the Boise State Broncos vowed to thrill the local fans in their home opener Friday night the 10th. With kickoff scheduled for 7:40 PM, much cooler weather than in recent weeks, and a persistent rainfall in the early afternoon, the atmosphere was ripe for an exciting football game.Read full story
There’s a Lot Going On this 9/11 Weekend in Boise
This weekend, as well all remember, is the 20th anniversary of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I took the photograph the flag above at the 9/11 Memorial outside the Public Library in Erie, Pennsylvania. As you look closely at the photo, you will see the inscribed names of the more than 3,000 people who perished on 9/11. The memorial area was not huge; there is a steel girder from the WTC towers, and there’s a memorial bench. I was just out for a stroll in town (from a cruise boat) when I saw the area; it was very moving!Read full story