Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

A Few for the Ladies: Celebrating Women Veterans this Veterans Day

A Few for the Ladies: Celebrating Women Veterans this Veterans Day

This Year’s Veterans Day celebrations include many that honor the women who have served in the Armed Forces. Here is a sampling of just a few of these ceremonies. Women’s Memorial Veterans Day Observance, Arlington, Maryland This is the 17th year of this ceremony here at the Women in Military […]


What to do With All Those Leaves

    As I gaze with wonderment at the abundance of autumnal color splashed before me, leaves sprinkled with reds, greens, orange and purples, I say to myself, “Self, soon you’re going to have to pick up every single one of those infernal leaves.” Help Wanted With six trees and […]


Fit to be Flannelled: When to Make the Switch to Flannelled Sheets

It seems there’s a certain time of year to change the sheets over to flannel. Not this week, definitely not last week and maybe not next week, but somehow, she’ll know exactly when. Here is how I get things done around here. The Change I’ve been wondering for weeks when […]


7 House Projects to do Before the Snow flies

Winter will arrive before you know it. There are things that must be done every year yet some of us, me included, need to be reminded. Yard Work Put the lawn mower away (Whoo hoo!) that is unless like me you use it to mulch up the leaves. Make sure […]

Man Bags: Why We Don’t Carry a Purse

Man Bags: Why We Don’t Carry a Purse

Men. We have gym bags, duffle bags, shaving kits, and even fanny bags if need be to carry our stuff. The difference is we don’t feel the need to carry all that stuff around, all the time. Gym Bags I have a gym bag I use to carry my work-out […]

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How To Get Rid Of All That Junk

It’s just too easy to exile that box of extra linens to the laundry room, pile the old kids clothes in the basement, or to temporarily stash those boxes of old baking pans in my garage. No, I’m not bitter, just frustrated. The hard thing is getting around to going […]

How to Get Along With Those Pesky Neighbors

How to Get Along With Those Pesky Neighbors

They say you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. Well it gets worse because you can’t pick your neighbors either. Sometimes you have great ones and then they move away or you have the worse neighbor ever and he’s not going anywhere. The 6 Types There […]

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Which Chores Are Yours

Around my house we each have things that are considered our own special tasks. If you want to call these chores go right ahead but I prefer “Tasks.” Chore seems to bring negative connotations of my childhood when I always got in trouble for not doing them. The Honey Do […]

6 Things Every Guy Wants in His Man Cave

6 Things Every Guy Wants in His Man Cave

Urban defines a Man cave as: A room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies, activities without interruption. This area […]

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (and Other Tricks You Can Never Teach a Man)

Little did I realize that The Wife has actually been training me all these years. That doesn’t mean she’s been successful, but the fact that she’s tried means she cares; at least that’s what she tells me. Cooking She’s been trying to teach me that there is more to cooking […]