Category Archives: Uncategorized

Where We Start

As a 16 year-old Omaha kid I went down the block to “Dog-n-Suds”, the local drive-in restaurant, and asked for a job. The owner explained to me that the minimum wage was $1.25 per hour, but because he did not … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Down with Victimhood

Perhaps the most destructive force that has undermined our American culture and the American dream is the concept of “Victimhood”. It pervades all aspects of our society and unfortunately it is permeating even our youngest citizens, deteriorating their outlook on … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Economic Sanctions

Since the Russians have entered Crimea to “liberate” its citizens from Ukrainian rule, Western leaders in the United States and in Europe have decried the injustice of Russian aggression. President Obama, in Europe for the now “G7” meetings has threatened … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fred Phelps Senior RIP?

Today in the Midland Hospice House in Topeka, Kansas Fred Phelps Sr. lies “on the edge of death,” according to his son, Nathan Phelps. You might remember the Senior Phelps as the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Poverty and the Minimum Wage

As part of his efforts to get Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour our supreme ruler recently used his executive power to mandate that all Federal Contractors pay a minimum of $10.10 per … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

“The Table”

Last November my General Manager, Heidi Ryan, and I decided to restore the Victorian dining room at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast.  The room is about thirty feet long and twelve feet wide, so there is a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Sitting Up With Frozen Pipes

The upper Midwest of the United States has been experiencing the coldest temperatures since the late 1980’s.  In Winona, Minnesota  we had -15F (-26C) today.  Let me elaborate; this is not a “wind chill” reading, it is the ambient temperature.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

The South Asian vs. North American Mosquito Study

I know that after reading this blog you’re going to say, “Salyards has had way too much time on his hands while visiting India!”  But seriously, the observations in today’s blog are based on a science experiment.  The species being … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Looking forward to Rajkot

Tomorrow morning I take a 3-hour cab ride from Pune to Bombay and then take a one-hour flight to the delightful Gujarati town of Rajkot.  Rajkot has a special place in my heart, as it is the first Indian city … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

A Love Story from Hyderabad

Today I’m going to tell you a love story that is layered deep and covers many years.  It started in 1997 and continues strong to this day.  It involves numerous people, institutions, families, organizations, and two dominant world cultures. In … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized