Chuck Zumbrun

Tales from Skunk Hill

  • A Pearl of Great Value

    Out of the blue I received a letter in the mail. In it was a photo. The person who sent it to me said he’d found it in an antique store and wanted us to have it. He evidently found our family on ancestry.com and somehow got my mailing address. On the back of…

  • Milestones

    I started my marathon training program today. It’s a 30 week program, so when I complete it I’ll be 65 years old [1]. I’d like to do a marathon on a milestone birthday. The last marathon I did was the year I turned 40. The program started with a rest day. I think this…

  • Dreams Deferred

    Way back when, in the Good Old Days, I had a good score on the English portion of my SAT’s. As a result I got recruitment letters from hundreds of liberal arts colleges. The most intriguing of those, to 17 year old me, were colleges that had Great Books programs. Their curriculums were based…

  • Trees I’ll Never Climb

    Here in Indiana you can get trees to plant for practically nothing from the Department of Natural Resources. I just checked and you can get 100 black walnut trees for 34 dollars 1. Of course, they are 6 inches tall. You’re buying twigs to stick in the ground. About 40 years ago I did…

  • Balancing the Accounts

    I went to the credit union today and closed the account I’d created for my Mom’s estate. Just a few days past a year from when she died the estate is closed. Bills paid, assets dissolved, proceeds distributed to the heirs. It was all a bit unnerving, writing the final checks on estate account,…

  • Bagels

    I made bagels the other day. Working at home I’m going a little stir-crazy and looking for distractions. Bagels aren’t any harder to make than any raised bread. Just mix up a bunch of flour, yeast, and liquid, let it rise, and bake. About the only thing that makes a bagel a bagel is…

  • When Life Gives You Couscous

    We made couscous for a side dish the other day and ended up with way too much. Like 3 cups of leftover cooked couscous. I like couscous, but that’s a lot to use up. I was looking around for what to do with couscous and came across “Couscous for breakfast” ideas. A lot them…

  • Inauguration Day

    The first presidential election I could vote in was 1976, Jimmy Carter vs Gerald Ford, that was a no-brainer, and I’ve voted in every election and primary since then. But I’d never watched an inauguration until January 20th, 2020. I’m not one for pomp and circumstance, and politics and political speeches bore me to…