Eight of the nine Bartley kids; Grandpa Walt is in the front row, second from right

Some Notes of Grandpa Walt


Today would have been Grandpa Walt’s 130th birthday. Alas, he didn’t see his 70th birthday, dying in a telephone booth, calling his oldest daughter, Helen, to tell her he wasn’t feeling well. Walter was the 6th of 10 children. He lost everything in the Great Depression, and moved from Iowa to Central California. Three kids,…

Mike Flynn (NBC News)

Grandma Turk Weighs In


WC’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Turk, was a large woman with large, strong opinions. And a quick hand for her smart-mouthed, oldest grandchild. But she inadvertently taught WC to look beyond the arguments and to examine the underlying assumptions. Let’s bring Grandma Turk’s approach to President Trump and Michael Flynn and see if there aren’t some…

Happy 100th Birthday, Pops


WC’s father was born on Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. What’s now called Veteran’s Day. This would have been his 100th Birthday. He died in 1987, not even 70 years old, killed by his bad habits – smoking, excessive drinking, overweight and a stubborn refusal to deal with serious hypertension. His two…

Jackson on Snowbank Mountain for the Total Eclipse, August 2017

R.I.P. Jackson, 2002-2017


We put Jackson down today. Blind, deaf, plagued with fatty tumors and failing hindquarters, it was the right thing to do. But painful for us, even so. Jack was a part of our lives for 14 years, chasing his cloth frisbee on Manchester Loop, chasing squirrels, cuddling in the tent on camping trips, riding on…

Manchester United at Real Salt Lake, July 17, 2017

More Proof Life Is Unfair


Last Monday night, WC got to see the world’s most popular game played by the world’s most popular sports team, live, from box seats, for free. Specifically, WC watched an exhibition match between Real Salt Lake, U.S. Major League Soccer’s Salt Lake City, Utah franchise, and Manchester United, which is pretty much beyond question the…