Westside Story – Christmas Angels – 15th Year

Gift storage vacant cubicle.

On March 5, 2014, I wrote a story titled, Westside Story – Community Christmas Angels.

The two women featured in my story have done it again.  On December 12, 2014, The Friends and Family Holiday Give-A-Way was held. Christmas Angels, Joan Eisenhardt and Kathy Sweeney, volunteered for a solid year in their effort to create a joyous Christmas holiday for 500 low income Greater Lakes Mental Health Care clients who suffer from a variety of debilitating mental illness conditions.  Greater Lakes, which must be considered a community asset, is located in the City of Lakewood at 9330 – 59th Av SW.  T: 253-581-7020.
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Westside Story – Grim Reaper – Part III

Emergency Department

At the end of Grim Reaper – Part II, the final paragraph left readers clinging to edge of their computers.

For those of you who missed that riveting final paragraph, I quote, “What happens next is nothing short of amazing. Until Grim Reaper – Part III in this popular series, you should be asking yourself, 1) Does Joe pass out? 2) Does the nurse pass out? 3) Does the EKG start smoking and burst into flames?” [Read more…]

Westside Story – Grim Reaper – Part I

Grim Reaper

Two thoughts motivate me to write this story. One, what I have to share could save a life, yours or someone you love. Two, if my story fails to save any lives, it is my hope my tale will be entertaining.

Publisher Ben Sclair and I reviewed the oral version of my story, and we both agreed it would be better if I serialized the story in order to tell my tale in bite size pieces.

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Westside Story – Election Reflection

Just 12 days of slick, misleading political recycling trash junk mail.

November 4, 2014, Election Day, has come and gone.

I remember middle school elections of the 1950s.  Candidates made posters. Candidates made “Vote for me” paper badges for their supporters.  Little effort was expended determining which candidates were most qualified. It was a silly juvenile popularity contest based on superficial issues such as who had the best posters.

As I reflect on elections in my adult life, it appears to me that not much has changed.  Today’s elections are still much like middle school;  silly  and juvenile.
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Westside Story – Downton Abbey

Crawley family and servants greet Cora’s mother (Played by actress, Shirley MacLaine) as she arrives from America.
Downton Abbey cast in front of the Crawley Estate.

Downton Abbey cast in front of the Crawley Estate.

Are you a fan of the globally popular TV series, Downton Abbey?

I know Downton Abbey sounds like a show for the gals, but Downton Abbey can grab a guy’s interest on multiple levels such as scenery, architecture, costumes, history, characters, story lines, classic cars and historical employment rolls. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Infomercial #2


Being retired is great, but living on a fixed income can be challenging. To combat the downside, I have established a brand new business called Boyle Innovative Products or B. I. P. My business plan includes designing and selling ingenious products you will not find in your local brick and mortar stores.

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