- Tom Grace
- Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: 'Upswing' for country on horizon
"To Mom, the great hunter,'' I said and raised a glass of red wine. "To Mom,'' said Buddy, lofting his cider. "Good job, gorgeous,'' Uncle Chet joined in. "May you bag another one tomorrow and fill that freezer."
- Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: GOPers throwing the election
``What's it going to be?'' asked Hon, who was setting the table. ``Obama in a squeaker or a landslide?'' ``I'll take it either way,'' said Uncle Chet from the rattan rocker near the wood stove. ``As long as we don't elect Elmer Fudd.''
- Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: McCain's bad temper threatening
``He's like Bush with a bad temper,'' said Uncle Chet, while cranking the Foley Food Mill at the kitchen table. ``Be nice,'' said Alice, who stood next to him, dicing tomatoes on a large glass cutting board.
- Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Gov't won't bail out taxpayers
COLUMBUS _ ``Don't give 'em a dime unless they're willing to go public,'' said Uncle Chet, who sat across from me at the card table.
- Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: GOP using lies to win the election
``Getting pretty good with that knife,'' said Uncle Chet as he squinted up at my spackling job.
- Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Obama and Biden more like "you"
COLUMBUS _``But why Biden?'' asked Alice, who was on the couch, peering at a fuzzy pattern on the old portable television.
- Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Edwards scandal a distraction
``Never did like Edwards,'' said Uncle Chet as he backed up the utility tractor. ``I just liked what he was saying."
- Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: American power on the decline
``Are we almost there?'' asked Buddy from the back seat of Uncle Chet's Ford Ranger, cruising along the highway. ``Nowhere near,'' said Cousin Bruce, who faced the boy across the narrow divide.
- Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Obama can bring order to wild U.S.
With a hearty "Hi yo, Silver, away!'' the Lone Ranger and his pale steed thunder across our television screen to the cavalry charge of the William Tell Overture.
- Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: U.S. hasn't seen rock bottom yet
``The market's tanking and we're splurging,'' Uncle Chet reflected as we drove home in his silver Ranger with two hot pizzas.
- Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: All Bush leaves U.S. is "awful"
``I have to write an essay on the legacy of the Bush administration,'' the little miscreant said plaintively. ``You could do that on a matchbook cover,'' said Uncle Chet, sitting in the recliner, reading about the Celtics on his laptop.
- Friday, June 6, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Spend cents on needed investments
We were packed into the van, going to see Cousin Bruce's new land on a cloudy spring day.
- Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Economic survival requires self-reliance
``Wait till it's $10 a gallon,'' said Uncle Chet, as he backed his Ranger pickup to the garden's edge. ``Don't think I'll live that long,'' I said. ``Unfortunately, you might,'' he said, and shifted to neutral. ``Okay, gentlemen, time to shovel.''
- Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: VP spot is next big question
``Do the Republicans really want to win this year?'' asked Uncle Chet as he poured glasses of red wine to go with bacon-and-tomato pizza.
- Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Bush is the reason to be bitter
``I am bitter,'' said Uncle Chet, at the wheel of his silver Ford Ranger, idling along a dirt road on a warm spring afternoon, looking for a real-estate sign.
- Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Money, not talk, helps Hillary
``What's Hillary going to do after she loses?'' asked Uncle Chet as he served himself more spaghetti.
- Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Obama gets offer of speech material
``I'm coming out of retirement to work for Obama as a speech writer,'' Uncle Chet announced as we sat down to Easter dinner.
- Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Hillary, by definition, is a monster
``Hillary is a monster,'' said Uncle Chet, sitting in the rocker by the wood stove, sipping a glass of dark beer. ``But it was a mistake to say so.''
- Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Obama is worth big spending
On Sunday, I decided to reload the shed with enough firewood to carry us into spring. It wasn't an emergency; the logs stacked along the rear wall would have lasted another week. But the day was sunny, and a little voice told me to get it done.
- Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Travels with Uncle Chet: Country needs a throwback president
"Tell us a story,'' says Buddy on a cold February night. "OK," says Uncle Chet, in the rocker by the wood stove, ready to feed it another log. "I'll tell you a story, something I've been thinking about for weeks."