Tom Rupp

Only 23 days until Christmas

It is Thanksgiving night.  I have just had the first of many leftover helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes.  It is just the two of us, yet we cooked an 18 pound bird, f ...

Why all the fuss over red Starbucks coffee cups?

I once heard a song by Toby Keith titled “Red Solo Cup” touting the pleasures of the red plastic cup that many folks use to deliver alcohol to their bodies – &ldq ...

Veteran's Day, 'Lest We Forget'

It happened again.  It happens every once in a while.  I recently wrote a column about the World Series and each team’s colors.  I made the statement that no t ...

Life is like a Jeopardy game

There’s nothing like the game of Jeopardy to help reveal some of your level of knowledge and your level of ignorance.  The same can be said for crossword puzzles and, pe ...

I'll have a blue World Series

It’s that time of year for high school football teams that are 7-0 (yay Folsom!).  As I write this, they are playing and losing to Rocklin.  We’ll see how tha ...

Here comes the unpredictable future

Hotober temperatures prolong the California summer.  I saw where southern California experienced showers and, coupled with the dry ground, mudslides and flooding. There&rsqu ...

We're waiting for our All-Wet Guest

OK, we’re waiting.  We have been told you are coming, so we have gotten ready for your arrival.  Where are you?  Please don’t show up too late. I know yo ...

From Where I Sit: I’ll be home for Thanksgiving

It all started last year after Christmas. I started thinking about my dad. As an adult I have only seen him twice, briefly, and had never spent a holiday with him. It’s a lon ...

From Where I Sit: Thankfulness is boring

Do you ever get tired of Thanksgiving?  Do you feel overwhelmed with traditional expectations that accompany the holiday? Would you rather lie down to sleep and wake up on Dec ...

From Where I Sit: Sometimes voters just want a fresh scapegoat

Election Day is upon us. Mark it down and remember to vote. Those who are supposed to know are predicting an extremely weak turnout. I’ll be there, Lord willing, and hope you ...

From Where I Sit: Welcome, Muslim Community of Folsom

Last week the Telegraph announced on its front page an open house/luncheon sponsored by the Muslim Community of Folsom on Saturday, Oct. 11. I eagerly attended this special event. ...

From Where I Sit: It’s better to accept the random daily ambiguous events of life

Sometimes I write these columns and get no response. In fact, most times it is that way, and that is OK. However, sometimes a column will inspire someone to invest enough energy to ...

From where I sit: Does the Star Spangled Banner still wave?

We commemorated two memorable events last week.  The more recent one was the 13th anniversary of 9/11.  There is a balance between the two extremes of totally forgetting ...

Frosty Nights, Falling Leaves and Football

Besides the obvious act of consulting a calendar, you can tell that autumn is well on its way, maybe even arriving early. The leaves have been changing colors and dropping since Au ...

From Where I Sit: The view from my very limited vantage point

In spite of lifelong efforts at knowledge, ignorance seeps through all of us. Our ignorance is greater than our knowledge. I try to capture something here in 400 words containing s ...