Remembering Ross Perot

Almost one in five U.S. voters cast a ballot for independent presidential candidate Ross Perot in 1992.

I was one of them, and I was sad to learn of his passing this week.

As a news reporter in Dallas, Texas, I had plenty of occasion to interact with Mr. Perot – but more important, to watch him interact with others.

July: What’s Blooming in the Office?

For the most part, orchids are hardy plants that let you know fairly quickly if they aren’t happy. Leaves turn yellow rather suddenly, or start looking like someone tried to fold them into accordion pleats.

My orchids seem to hunker down this time of year, resigned to getting through it at the hands of a caretaker who’s usually pretty good at noticing what they need – unless, of course, she’s on a deadline.

No Small Change

The pile of rubble you see at left used to be Jerry's 27th Street Market, a small neighborhood grocery store a few blocks from a house I once owned in Boise.

Jerry's had been in business for more than 60 years. I know they had some hard times and when I lived nearby, I did my part to keep the place open, stopping in for milk and bread, snacks and the occasional lottery ticket.

And it was here, in the late 1990s, that I won $5,000.

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