First a story, then a letter to a senator

This Jim’s Jottings first appeared on June 20, 2007.I have two reasons to believe this story is acceptable for a community newspaper. First, it was told to me in the Flint Elks Club men’s room, and second, my daughter said it was ok.An Irishman has been doctoring for some time, and this was the day […]

First, bless the clicker, then the opera

This Jottings ran on June 10, 2009.I make a lot of smart-aleck remarks to strangers. And, thankfully, I usually get a smile.I saw a woman in a grocery store with an overflowing basket of goods. I asked, “Have you got room for anything else?”She smiled, “Hopefully, only one more thing.”At a plant sale I saw […]

A note to all recent grads: SMILE, damnit!

By Don Rush I think by now most area students who are one of the Class of 2016 have completed their graduation ceremonies. With pomp and circumstance you walked down the aisle with robe and cap. You pushed your tassels from right to left. You have graduated. Yay! Woo-hoo and congratulations! As I told Number […]

In a courtyard with kids, remembering

By Don Rush Last week, before most Memorial Day remembrances had yet to take place, I had the chance to skip down memory lane and get a glimpse of the future. I visited Clarkston Junior High School. The school, back a few years ago was Clarkston High School where I and countless others roamed the […]

Keiser’s Role: My heart is in Clarkston

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Gandhi As I sit down and write this, I have just returned from the 31 Annual Clarkston Community Awards where “do gooders” were recognized for the different ways they have contributed to the community. Recognition categories included Citizen of […]

In a courtyard with kids, remembering

In a courtyard with kids, remembering

Last week, before most Memorial Day remembrances had yet to take place, I had the chance to skip down memory lane and get a glimpse of the future. I visited Clarkston Junior High School.The school, back a few years ago was Clarkston High School where I and countless others roamed the hallways. Today, Clarkston Junior […]

In a courtyard with kids, remembering

Last week, before most Memorial Day remembrances had yet to take place, I had the chance to skip down memory lane and get a glimpse of the future. I visited Clarkston Junior High School.The school, back a few years ago was Clarkston High School where I and countless others roamed the hallways. Today, Clarkston Junior […]

Illegal: Not according to, or authorized, by law

These Jottings were first printed on May 30, 2007, not that much has changed since then…The word “illegal” isn’t too hard to understand, is it?I am only a small voice in community newspapering, but I believe I represent the majority of legal Americans.I don’t believe the majority of major daily newspapers and airway time fillers […]

Illegal: Not according to, or authorized, by law

These Jottings were first printed on May 30, 2007, not that much has changed since then…The word “illegal” isn’t too hard to understand, is it?I am only a small voice in community newspapering, but I believe I represent the majority of legal Americans.I don’t believe the majority of major daily newspapers and airway time fillers […]

Want a lift? Go to a kindergarten concert

(This Jim’s Jottings was first published on May 17, 2006)There they stand. Twenty seven 5 and 6-year-olds, squirming and waving (except for our Haley and Trevor who barely moved, including their lips) until the teacher puts a finger to her mouth. Then, total silence. Total stillness. I should have had that control over our kids […]