Tom Rupp

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 ...

From Where I Sit: What in the world is going on?

What in the world is going on? I mean, literally. Our world seems to be like a huge pile of dry gunpowder and numerous matches are lit all around. I know we have always had war and ...

From Where I Sit: Pictures actually do last longer

This past weekend we celebrated Carol’s big birthday by getting together at the family cabin at Donner Lake. It took a bit of planning and wasn’t a complete surprise. ...