Phil Bowhay, Monterey Herald

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Past articles by Phil:

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: We all need to vote

Well folks, it’s been quite a year and it ain’t over yet. I might suggest that we all read or at least review the Constitution, be the first in your neighborhood! I think you would agree that what … → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Summers at the Boardwalk

The good old time in Pacific Grove was just about as good as it gets. Fog in the morning when we did our chores and worked at our jobs, then between 11 and noon, out came the sun, and off we went t… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Poison Oak diaries

If you haven’t had poison oak, you haven’t lived. At least you haven’t lived on the Monterey Peninsula. An internet search of “poison oak FAQ” says it all and then some. I suspect more… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Second oldest profession

I am living proof that the easiest person to sell something to is another salesman, current or past. In the last month, I have bought magazine subscriptions, Omaha steaks, frozen shrimp, marinated … → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: The unfairness of it all

Remember the unfairness of it all? The teacher would pick two captains — later to become real jocks — to pick the sides. Flip a coin to see who goes first, then take turns choosing kids… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Dance hall memories

A few months ago, as I wandered down memory lane (almost any place in Pacific Grove), I thought again about the good old days in the Boy Scout House, still standing and in decent repair. In the beg… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: The joys of coastal summer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Phil Bowhay was feeling under the weather this week (he assures us it’s not COVID-19), but recommended an encore performance of the following column. An interesting read … → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Memories of Fourth of July past –

Dear friends, as in the last several years I offer you again the Fourth of July piece by Melinda Coffey Armstead. This is with her permission and frankly, I can’t do any better. As you know, Melind… → Read More

Phil Bowhay: When pinball was king –

I am possibly the only person you know who has never played a video game. Well, maybe Pong a long time ago, and then there was that bout with Tetris, but those date back with Canasta. My grandkids … → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Memories of Dad –

Here we are, creeping up on Father’s Day, and as usual, Hallmark is very happy, again. For me, somehow it’s easier to write about Mother’s Day, and I’m not sure why. I suppose there has been a diff… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: It’s always something –

In my circle of friends, which includes you, we always seem to be misplacing something or another … car keys, glasses, ballpoint pens and in my case, a hearing aid. A few months ago before coronavi… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Find a new way to mark Memorial Day –

Well, friends, if you were smart enough to enjoy the Memorial Day concert on the lawn last year, sad to say, no concert this year for reasons we all understand. Ken White tells me that the Monterey… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Passage to freedom –

A couple of years ago, I made my first visit to the VA clinic in Marina and met a lovely doctor and as usual, I asked her to tell me her story. Turns out she is Vietnamese and arrived in this count… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Tell Mom you love her –

Well, if you missed it, it’s not too late to tell her you love her, if she’s available, you know what I mean. If not, just close your eyes and say, “Thanks Mom,” she will hear you. Reminds me of th… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: What we lost when we stopped binge reading –

A few weeks ago I read an essay in the Herald by George Will. He is a favorite of mine and I’d forgotten if he is liberal or conservative. No matter. I’m sure you don’t care either. Before I get st… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: On homeschooling and new math –

Dan Green, the best in the business, signs off with “Take care.” This is a fine admonition for these troubled times and we could develop that to a fare thee well. My old friend, Don Sherwood, used … → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Ship ahoy –

Yeah, I’m the guy you might see walking down the street with my USS Iowa BB61 Battleship cap … either me or my shipmate, Don Beals. We didn’t realize we were shipmates until he read one of my colum… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: An eggcellent Easter –

Well friends, faithful or otherwise, aren’t you glad you didn’t forget Easter! And aren’t you glad that Jesus didn’t forget Easter either! Since the Easter parade, at least in your neighborhood, ha… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Getting out and smelling the roses –

Please don’t quote me if I’m wrong but I think it’s OK to walk around outside as long as you are the proper distance — 6 feet — away from others. Last week, I walked around and no… → Read More

Phil Bowhay, Flashback: Quarantine memories –

Well folks, here we go again? We have not been here before, but maybe close. When I was about 6 years old, in San Luis Obispo, my brother and I had scarlet fever. In addition to having the blinds p… → Read More