Messenger News Columnsen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 05:57:42 EDTWed, 24 Aug 2016 05:57:42 EDT readers begin a long goodbye have taken the liberty of borrowing the title of Sandy Mickelson's book to anchor this column: "When We're Not Together." I hope, as Sandy's friend, that she will see it as the act of love for which it is intended.Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTPlaying in rain in the rain seemed whole lot more fun as a youngster. Perhaps because "Splish, Splash" had just hit the airwaves. It was 1958, and Bobby Darin wrote the song, his first, in nine minutes flat.Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTReason for delay is time's a reason, you know, my basement has stayed tied up in boxes and bags since we moved into Dodge those many years ago. And laziness wasn't the greater part of such equation. It all boils down to time. Time and manpower.Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTMuddled mind brings up dreams, here I sit, much like that bird in the wilderness Dad would sing about while waiting for something to eat. But I'm not waiting for something to eat, I'm waiting for my head to clear since these last few days have been hecti.Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTSadness comes with cruises and collecting Two weeks. Means the same in my book. On Thursday my friend Dawn and I were to leave for two weeks vacation, about a week driving to and from Galveston and another week on a cruise ship stopping in Honduras, Mexico and Belize.Sun, 8 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT