While there is great debate about when you take down the Christmas decorations, lights, and tree, there is almost universal agreement that once the decorations are put away, the once brightly decorated home takes on the appearance of a barren moonscape. It’s actually rather depressing. The post-holiday home seems empty, dark, and sterile. Christmas and … Continue reading Navigating the January Darkness
World War II history buffs recall the British retreat at Dunkirk. Backed against the sea, the British miraculously evacuated most of their forces despite being cornered by the unstoppable German war machine. This Allied defeat actually saved the British, French, and Belgian forces to fight another day and ultimately win the war. But did you … Continue reading The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables
We had our now traditional Christmas Eve Eve Family Gathering yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the blessings of being together with sons and daughters and spouses and GRANDKIDS!!!!! The joys of Christmas are magnified when celebrated with family. And, as usually happens when this clan gathers, memories are made, and stories are created for future Christmas … Continue reading Female Reindeer?
Growing up, Kool-Aid was a welcome refreshment on hot summer afternoons. Television commercials touted this 1950s version of an energy drink for the fun it provided, the ease of mixing it, and its mom-loving low cost. Years later, I realized the sugar content of all soft drinks, including Kool-Aid, served as a shortcut to the … Continue reading Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid
What do a 1980s evangelist, an Imperial Officer of the Galactic Empire, and the current Bishop of Los Angeles have in common? I connected those dots recently when three of my grandsons spent a weekend with us. As we continued watching the Star Wars spinoff series called The Mandalorian, the “aha” moment occurred during a … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Freedom for Order
We saved a hummingbird today. By we, I mean my grandson Luke and I. Walking into the garage this morning, Luke spotted the ailing bird standing frozen upon the garage floor. Sadly, it’s a sight we have seen before. Hummingbirds, for some reason, are attracted to our garage, and once inside, they cannot find … Continue reading We Saved A Hummingbird Today
Sex is no big deal, they say. Everybody’s doing it, they say. If it feels good, do it, they say. It makes me wonder who exactly “they” are? This reminds me of a conversation I had with a colleague before he retired. He and his wife had just bought a home in a large retirement … Continue reading Are You Dying To Have Sex?
After writing my grandmother’s memoirs in the late 1990s, I realized I should start sharing my own stories and personal reflections. A growing number of friends and family agreed as requests to be included in my email list continued to grow, if for no other reason than curiosity as to what “that fool will write … Continue reading 3 + 200 = 92
Did you ever consider the word “That” to be romantic? I discovered so just this past week. Or so I thought. My wife serves as editor for my musings on TheBuddyBlog.com. Without her, I would dangle far too many participles, misplace a truckload of commas, and overuse passive verbs. This time, her editing prompted a … Continue reading Isn’t That Romantic?
I am a man uneasy with vagueness, approximations, and the lack of specificity. For me, “Close enough” is the mission statement of mediocrity. I am an analytical, left-brain, logical, linear thinker that finds peace, confidence, and comfort in knowing specifics and details. Formulas are meant to be followed. Recipes specify ingredients for a reason. Deviations … Continue reading Clarifying Confusing Culinary Terms