Tom Rupp

From Where I Sit: The latest report from Voyager I

In 1977, I had just graduated form high school. Disco was in the air but it never caught on for me. Many other events occurred the same year, but one especially has recent signific ...

From Where I Sit: A new bundle of joy in the Rupp household

In July, 25 of us from the church went to El Salvador for our annual mission trip. It was intense, focused and memorable. We returned to the States and had a get together to decomp ...

From Where I Sit: Is too much alcohol being served in Folsom?

I do not drink alcohol, never have liked the taste of it. It is also probably not the case I would take up the habit if someone offered the “right” kinds of drinks. I h ...

From Where I Sit: Healthy self-worth and self-acceptance

Well, there goes another one. I crossed the line to 54 last week. My mother’s birthday is a day before mine on the 16th. She died six years ago right after her 80th birthday ...

From Where I Sit: His name is Andrew

The world can be quite a cold, impersonal place. We go about day by day rubbing shoulders with familiar strangers, people whose faces we may recognize but whose names are as a secr ...

From Where I Sit: Modern day inkblot tests reveal who we are

When we were children, we sometimes would look at clouds and try to determine what objects they looked like – a horse or a cat and so on. Then when we are adults, certain typ ...

From Where I Sit: Marking 10 years at The Telegraph

I am sitting here in the cool of the evening as breezes blow softly through the window, reminiscing. Some days are somewhat robotic and automatic while other days are thoughtful an ...

From Where I Sit: The open door of El Salvador

By the time you read this, we will be returning from El Salvador. You read that right – the small Central American country, the only one without a border on the Gulf of Mexic ...

From Where I Sit: God and aloe are good healers

Every once in a while we experience things in our journey through life that make a particular impression on us. It may be something out of the ordinary. Let me tell you a story of ...

From Where I Sit: The heat is on ... and on

Happy birthday, America! If the forecast is anywhere near being correct, it has been a week of … near-seasonal temperatures. It is summer time and surprise of surprises &nda ...

From Where I Sit: Another memorable visit from the gout

I am sitting here at the computer with a throbbing left knee. Yes, the infamous and insidious gout has reared its ugly head once more. Stabs of hot pain seep into the joint. In yo ...

From Where I Sit: Getting fired up about firearms

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the Second Amendment of our Constitution. Such dialogue is a beneficial thing to be sure, but it also provides the platform for a lo ...

From Where I Sit: Here comes a parade of patriotic holidays

We just had a holiday last week called “Memorial Day.” Even though this holiday came about to honor the war dead, it has all too often lost its connection to any patrio ...

From Where I Sit: Writing is such sweet sorrow

Someone recently asked what some of my hobbies were, and the answer wasn’t very thrilling – reading and writing. Other pursuits figure in but these are two that are esp ...

From Where I Sit: Another television show bites the dust

A few years ago we stopped receiving all cable channels and now only have the three major networks, PBS and a stray station or two. For me, television was quickly becoming a major ...