Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waterford Needs a Dog Park

When I told The Lady* I was going to start writing a blog again, and that I intend to focus it on Waterford, she immediately suggested I write about the need for a dog park here. A worthy idea, I thought.

Since we’ve only lived here 3 years, I did some research on the Waterford Message Board to see what’s been written on the subject in the past. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

independent

A while back, I heard a TV talking-head refer to independent voters as perpetually fickle. There was a hint of negativity in his tone and choice of words. I guess his comment was intended to mean something more than unpredictable - maybe unreliable - or perhaps capricious.

I’m politically independent. I don’t belong to a party, and never will. I like making up my own mind, and enjoy being critical and hard to predict.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Celebrating Carlos Santana





We always enjoy watching the Kennedy Center Honors. The best honors performance I've seen was the one in 2013 saluting Carlos Santana.  As a longtime fan of his music I thoroughly enjoyed it - and you might too.

Illustration: Jaud











Friday, March 20, 2015

Why Waterford's 20 Gates are a Waste of Money

After trying a few other locations over the years, we settled on Waterford of the Carolinas because we like the way it feels. Its lake and canals, the attractive landscaping, the pleasant mix of young and older residents, and the proximity to Wilmington were just what we were looking for. The Lady and I are very happy here. We’ve lived in Waterford for almost three years now, and can’t imagine ever leaving.

Like every residential community, this one has some idiosyncrasies. Most are too petty to be seriously concerned about, but there’s one issue in Waterford that really bugs me. It’s our gates.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Momentum PT & Wellness - Tyler Whiteside

My back is a mess. I’ve had increasing problems walking and standing for the past few years. An orthopedist, a chiropractor, a pain specialist and a physical therapist tried - all without success - to help me during that miserable period. When I again griped to my primary care physician about the problem, he put me in contact with Tyler Whiteside of Momentum PT & Wellness. 

After completing a series of appointments with Tyler, I feel better than I have in ages. I actually enjoyed my therapy sessions. He explained why I was in pain, helped me set some recovery goals and taught me exercises that have helped immensely. Every day I feel a little better. I recommend him highly.

Momentum PT & Wellness is located inside the Wilmington Athletic Club, (2026 South 16th Street. Phone: 910-769-1238.) Tyler and his family live here in Waterford of the Carolinas.

Make English the Official Language of the U.S.A.

A week or so ago, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma re-introduced the English Language Unity Act (S.678) which would establish English as the official language of the United States. This is one of my pet issues and I just re-read what I wrote about the subject a couple years ago. What I thought then still stands. The piece is posted below followed by some links to some related info and opinions.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jim Comer - Wildlife Wood Carver

Saw Whet Owl
I have a small collection of carved, wooden birds. The collection is an outgrowth of my general interest in birds, and of my admiration for anyone who can create something beautiful from a piece of wood. I purchased my first bird about 20 years ago in Florida and have had an eye out for interesting pieces ever since.

Kestrel


Over the past two years, I've acquired three truly exceptional bird figures that were created by Jim Comer. He lives in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and displays his work at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash. By "acquired", I mean The Lady presented them to me for Christmas or a birthday.

Great Egret


A trip down to Calabash is worthwhile just to see Jim Comer's work, but the gallery is full of fine creations by excellent, local artists. It's a showplace for quality items from a variety of artistic mediums including glass, ceramics and metal, - and, of course, there are fine paintings galore.

Links:      Jim Comer Bio
              Sunset River Marketplace


Illustrations: amijohn