A Demanding Girl

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 032024
 

It seems like in the last few weeks, my German shepherd has learned how to bark. Alli was a year old when we adopted her last June, and for the first several months she was a fairly quiet dog. She would whine when she needed to go out and make little happy yipping noises when […]

Feb 222024
 

Back in my small town newspaper days, many editors and publishers, myself included, had a sign or plaque in their office that said some variation of, “The duty of the press is to print the truth and raise hell.” I have heard that phrase attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to a number of well-known […]

Jan 232024
 

No question about it, I have a sweet tooth. I always have and I always will. I don’t use alcohol, I don’t do drugs, and I don’t smoke. But put a candy bar, or a cookie, or any kind of sweet treat in front of me and it’s gone! When it comes to candy, my […]

Four-Legged Compass

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202023
 

Some of you may think I spend my life writing mystery novels and playing on my tractor, but that’s far from the truth. I’m a multifaceted person who is interested in all kinds of things, believe it or not. I’m always finding some weird rabbit hole to go down when I’m browsing online, and sometimes […]

Rest In Peace, Tilley

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272023
 

This week I had to say goodbye to a dear friend who has been a close part of my life for over 30 years. A friend I didn’t even believe I wanted at first. It was sometime in the early 1990s when a friend of mine walked into my newspaper office in Lakeside, Arizona and […]

Boxer Burglar

 Posted by at 1:12 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 122023
 

I’m a little too young to have taken part in panty raids, which were a popular pastime during the 1950s and early ’60s when young men, usually college students, would descend on female students’ dormitories to steal their underwear. Like other youthful pranks such as swallowing goldfish or stuffing as many people as possible into […]

A Quiet 4th of July

 Posted by at 12:28 pm  Nick's Blog
Jul 052023
 

Note: For some reason some readers are not able to see the photos in today’s blog.  If you can’t, try going to gypsyjournal.net After living in Florida for six years, where the week preceding and the week after the Independence Day holiday always sounded like the D-Day invasion, we had a quiet day and evening […]

Q&A

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 122023
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, my writing activities, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. I know you guys sold your bus a long time […]

Jun 072020
 

Publishing small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona was a lot of fun, and I like to think that sometimes my publications made a difference in the communities they served. I gained a reputation for stepping on toes, and that was all right with me because sometimes those toes really needed to […]

May 182020
 

In last week’s Newspaper Days column I told you the story of a woman who called me because her teenage sons were playing with an unstable World War II-era hand grenade. I said that once I determined it was a live grenade, I called my buddy Rusty, who was a lieutenant with the police department. […]

Stepping On Toes

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282020
 

Back in my small town newspaper days many editors and publishers, myself included, had a sign or plaque in their office that said some variation of, “The duty of the press is to print the truth and raise hell.” I have heard that phrase attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to a number of well […]

Unique RV Pets

 Posted by at 4:35 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062009
 

It’s no secret that when it comes to critters, I’m prejudiced. I don’t like cats, I’m a dog person. But I don’t like just any dogs. I abhor yappy little mutts that serve no purpose in life except to make noise and waste precious oxygen. An ill mannered dog of any size is not something […]