Few people know that I have a talent for packing and loading. It reflects years of experience in moving household goods. Four times I coordinated our family’s move from one home to another, countless times I moved my five children to and from college, and numerous times I moved my adult children into and … Continue reading The Humbling of a Packer Extraordinaire
I can say NO to Brussel sprouts, chicken livers, and Gummy Worms. That doesn’t require much discipline or willpower. I can say NO to robocalls and any calls that CallerID identifies as “Unknown.” I can say NO to cutting the grass in the 98 degree sauna-like heat of a Georgia summer. I don’t … Continue reading Things I Can’t Say No To
We are days away from the November 3rd, 2020 Presidential election. One thing is certain, come November 4th, given the polarized state of the political atmosphere, it will be a day of hooray for some and dismay for others. Equal shouts of celebratory cheers and mournful jeers will no doubt fill the air. One can … Continue reading The Elephant, The Donkey or The Lamb?
Today, September 29th is National Coffee Day. Seizing the moment, Dunkin’ Donuts has also declared it National Dunkin’ Day. I guess they hope you will be dunking their donuts when you drink your favorite cup of Joe. If I were a conspiracy theorist, celebrating a National Coffee Day sounds like Maxwell House, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ … Continue reading Coffee and Deprivation
Let’s be honest. Death is not something we like to discuss. We don’t want to think about it, plan for it, much less talk about it. It is an uncomfortable topic of discussion, much like wearing a scratchy wool sweater in the heat of the summer — it’s neither fashionable nor comfortable. I remember years … Continue reading Transition Planning
When the posters and bumper stickers first appeared shouting “Black Lives Matter,” I was among those whose first response was to clarify that All Lives Matter, whether black, white, yellow, brown, or blue. But my response has changed. Ignoring the rioting, the looting, and the toppling of statues that served only to distract from the … Continue reading All Black Lives Matter
I have tried to minimize the topic of politics in my blogs. However, as another Presidential election looms, it seems every media format is filled with a growing number of caustic political ads, promises, and accusations that cannot be ignored. The vitriol from both the left and the right reminds me of vomit. It may … Continue reading Where Have All the Statesmen Gone?
Laughter can be good medicine…if not for the body, surely for the soul. And thankfully so, for life has its moments when a good laugh is a desperate need. For me, embarrassing moments have become more than a reflective chuckle but entertaining fodder for future family tales around the fireplace. “Let me tell you what … Continue reading Dancing in the Rain – Part 1 – Laughing at Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments
A recent conversation with my wife inspired me to write the following summary of that verbal exchange. I titled it, Pitching a Fit. Pitching a Fit My wife bought a Fitbit. Then a smart-scale to link to it. Now, a Fitbit, says she, I am to git. In our budget, says I, it may not … Continue reading Pitching a Fit
I heard the rumble and knew instinctively what was about to pull up beside us. The echos of Easy Rider reverberated through the hot breath of a South Alabama July morning as the midnight chrome Harley came slowly to a stop and waited for the light to change. For a few brief seconds, my eyes … Continue reading Echos of Easy Rider