Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Be careful out there

Whenever my mother was giving my dad a rough time - and it happened frequently - he would listen for a while and then say, "I'm just a wrong guy."
So like father, like son. I was wrong in believing we had been warned off everything that might add a bit of joy and pleasure to our lives. Don't eat anything that tastes good, don't stop after work for a beer with the boys and for God's sake don't smoke the filthy weed. What was left that hadn't been covered? Nothing.
Oops! We hadn't been told about orange juice. Or any other natural fruit juice for that matter. An 18-year study of nurses in the USA has revealed that a cold glass of OJ with breakfast puts you at risk of diabetes. Now there's food - or drink - for thought.
Doctors have told me to down a glass of cranberry juice every day to fight off kidney infections. So now I have to choose between kidney infections and diabetes. Great choices.
Many of us have been around long enough to remember when we were blissfully ignorant of such things and didn't give a second thought to ordering a rasher of bacon with our fried eggs. Stopping for an after-work drink just came naturally. Choosing between Camels and Lucky Strikes was all the thought we gave to smoking. So maybe we weren't as well off as we thought, but life sure was a lot more fun.
There's great news out of Austria. For the first time since World War II the citizens of that beautiful country have elected a far-right government. I don't know what they call that party but the last time the far right took charge it was N.S.D.A.P. - Nazi for short. It was headed up by a man named Arthur Seyss-Inquart with the approval of his fellow Austrian, Adolf Hitler. So what goes around, comes around.
What does this prove? That there's a helluva lot worse things for your health and longevity than drinking orange juice.


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