Tag: in the scheme of things

Rooftop solar finally cost competitive with grid in U.S.

Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change.


Nan Russell: Natural inspiration

The hints commenced with the changing landscape, traversed by dramatic colors and intriguing rock formulations. I should have expected it. Although the travel guide provided a glimpse of what was coming, I was still not prepared for the majestic beauty and expansive, as-far-as-you-could-see, dramatic terrain of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hoodoos Cast Their Spell, the […]


Nan Russell: The journal

Twenty-some years in the making, it wasn’t a typical Christmas present. But it was, truly, a gift of a lifetime. Our son, the recipient, knew his father made periodic journal entries about the joys and challenges of raising him, about family events and world happenings, peppered with memories from his own life. But when the […]


Nan Russell: It’s personal

Off to dinner the night before I was the keynote speaker at a regional conference, I wanted something good, but casual; calming but moderately swift. So, my husband and I selected an interesting looking place within walking distant of our hotel. By every want I originally articulated, the restaurant exceeded expectations. Yet at the end […]


Nan Russell: Thank you, Mr. Jones

His deep voice and quick-firing speech left me uncertain and wondering if I’d understood his directions. It was clear he wasn’t going to repeat them. It was also clear he expected his new eighth grade class to quickly engage in his topic of choice – social studies. Mr. Jones intimidated me. By the end of […]


Nan Russell: Different stories

In the Scheme of Things column by Nan Russell www.intheschemeofthings.com After a long weekend celebrating my husband’s milestone birthday, we waited for our delayed flight home. With a tight connection in Salt Lake City, the odds were not in our favor as we boarded the regional jet in San Francisco. That set-back magnified on the […]


Lifetimes Columns

– A Dad’s Point-of-View: The best thing about getting older is … – The Dinner Diva: Plasticware – In the Scheme of Things: Seeing the world – Man-to-Man: My history with my woman    A Dad’s Point-of-View: The best thing about getting older is … Column by Bruce Sallan www.brucesallan.com   I had lunch with […]


A Slice of Life: Tuesday, Feb. 23

– Nan Russell: Heart stories – A Dad’s Point of View: Stick with the rules, even when it’s hard – The Dinner Diva: Spice it up     Nan Russell: Heart stories www.intheschemeofthings.com     The picture sits on my desk. I’m not sure why I like it near me, but I do. Accidently discovered in a […]


Celebrating birthdays

   Column by Nan Russell www.nanrussell.com Spoken like a seasoned life traveler, the words from my 3-year-old granddaughter came as an assumptive statement of fact following our shopping excursion. “I don’t like old people,” she told me. “Well, I’m old and you like me,” I said. “No Nana, I don’t like old people.” I know […]


The camera

   Column by Nan Russell www.nanrussell.com It wasn’t any camera. It was the revolutionary Kodak Instamatic, housed in a shiny black case, with a built in flashcube, using a 126 cartridge. All my high school friends had one, or so it seemed to me. I told my parents it was the only gift I wanted […]


Casual comments

  Column by Nan Russell Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net “Nana, when I get older, I want blue eyes,” my nearly 3-year-old granddaughter remarked, prompting a discussion about eye color followed by praise for her dark brown eyes. Still she persisted in her wishful thinking, telling to her grandfather, mother, and father that she was going to […]


Nan Russell | Growing differences

More than likely, by the time you read this message, the decision will have been rendered. After months of posturing, positioning and speculating, the question will have an answer. Voters will have voted, nasty ads will have subsided, and nightly news will be filled with something other than the latest political nuance or candidate slipup […]