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I was in a South Side grocery store deli several weeks ago when I saw an old friend order some sliced bologna.

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Happy Thanksgiving. I know it’s hard for some of us to add happy to Thanksgiving this year because of the pandemic, but you can still find reason to be happy and thankful. For starters, be happy and thankful if you or any of your loved ones don’t have the coronavirus.

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Since I’ve retired, I don’t get Downtown much. But a few weeks ago I did venture there to the Cafe Pony Expresso for a good cup of coffee.

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This Friday I retire. Not just after 31 years here at the St. Joseph News-Press, but from a working life that began at about 12 years old.

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I already knew my mom was a queen before she was dubbed second runner-up in the Ms. Nursing Home Queen of District 2.

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The news earns me a living, but I don’t live the news. When not at work I try to limit my news viewing if I want to enjoy living. If I don’t restrict my news consumption, my life will be spent in constant fear.

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By 2020, books were supposed to be dead, cars would be able to go months without refueling and we’d have anti-gravity belts.

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You wouldn’t know it by the sounds of the nightly fireworks in many neighborhoods for the past month, but the Fourth of July is actually this coming Saturday.