Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Exercise Can Be Exhilarating

As we get older, exercise becomes more difficult.  I long for the days when I could ride my bicycle down the hill all the way to Homer’s, have a couple beers, and throw the bike in the back of someone’s … Continue reading

Posted in General, Youth | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Pissed Off

A private sector employee from Iowa goes across the border on a Friday after work to Illinois and his friends ask if he wants a hit off a blunt.  He takes a hit and thinks nothing of it.  Recreational use … Continue reading

Posted in Fairness, Medical Cannabis, Privacy, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism/War on Drugs | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Octopuses

When I was child in St. Ann’s Grade School, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running to become the President of the United States.  JFK was a Catholic, just like Joe Biden.  The nuns, the priests, and most Catholics I knew got … Continue reading

Posted in Fairness | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s That?

Several years ago, I underwent a hearing test at the VA Central Iowa Health Care Center, better known as the VA Hospital and Clinics.  The results of the test determined that my hearing was normal.  I know that’s a crock … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mother’s Day Redux

Mother’s Day is behind us.  I never thought of writing about my mother, but I see that almost everyone I know posted a paragraph or two about their mothers on Facebook for Mother’s Day. My mother deserves more than a … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Chuck’s House Party

Last week, I read in the Vail Observer that Rev. Victor Rehmaeker died at the age of 85.  I have a couple of memorable moments that involve both my mother and Father Rehmaeker (RAY-maker). The last incident first.  When my … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments