The term “mulligan” has become rather commonplace in our culture. In golfing parlance, it refers to a player being granted a do-over after a less than satisfactory shot. In popular culture, it simply means a person gets a second chance to get something right. I always understood that mulligans in golf were something granted by one … Continue reading The Ultimate Mulligan*
Love should come with a warning label just like everything else does these days. Except it should be in bold print and italicized in red ink. Reading the warning labels on many consumer products in these litigious times can be a source of humor. Maybe out of an abundance of caution, or just because they … Continue reading Shouldn’t Love Come with a Warning Label?
Author’s Note: I wrote this Reflection in early 2017 and shared it with a small group of friends. This updated version is posted for the first time on TheBuddyBlog.com If you do a web search for the phrase “A guy walked into a bar….” you will discover that bars and bartenders are one of the … Continue reading If Jesus Were a Bartender
The Twitter world had a hissy fit earlier this week. A photo showing liberal comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to President George W. Bush in the owner’s suite at a recent Dallas Cowboys football game generated a caustic response from the political Left. Apparently, it’s now a crime to sit next … Continue reading Is Sitting with a Conservative Now Criminal Behavior?
I lost a friend last week. Lost him to pancreatic cancer. He was more than a friend - more like the big brother I never had. And that doesn’t describe him justly. He was a mentor, a role model, the kind of man whose opinion you sought, whose counsel was valued, and whose approval was … Continue reading Well Done Faithful Servant
My wife has a peculiar habit. Sometimes it’s endearing, sometimes it’s overly prosaic, but most of the time, it’s just sweet and adorable. She tells me she loves me. Quite often, actually. Like, all the time. The habit of which I speak is all about the timing of my beloved’s use of this romantic phrase. … Continue reading Last Words
I have never been a fan of jigsaw puzzles…until recently. Jigsaw puzzles always seemed like a waste of time. You spend hours putting together an insanely complicated piece of artwork, some with mind-numbing solid coloring, repetitive imagery, and similarly shaped pieces, only to break up the finished work and put it back in a box. … Continue reading Problem Solving Skills I Learned from Jigsaw Puzzles
There are days I wake up and wonder how did we (as a nation and a culture) end up where we are? We seem to have lost any respect or tolerance for those who do not share our beliefs. Worse, we have developed a hypersensitivity to viewpoints we find politically incorrect. It seems this Land … Continue reading By Whatever Name – Bullying is Wrong
Most of my readers know by now that I am a lover of books. My children have come to expect at least one literary Christmas gift every year and to not be surprised if, on occasion, an unexpected tome arrives on their doorstep from Amazon. Such are the consequences of having a father who is … Continue reading My Favorite Books on Marriage, aka The Books with the Yellow Highlights
This last week of August 2019, is the two hundred and forty-third anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. At the time, soldiers on both sides of the conflict called the events of the week a miracle. Historians ever since have also considered its outcome providential, or at the very least, … Continue reading How A Miracle Saved the American Revolution…and My Family Name