Reading a recent Facebook post of a cousin prompted me to ponder the virtue of gratitude. Is it a cause or an effect? My cousin was grateful for surviving a narrow escape from death after a frightening encounter with an errant dump truck. Gratitude was most definitely the result of her near-miss death experience. Her … Continue reading Gratitude: Cause or Effect?
Now, for the first time on TheBuddyBlog.com is an updated version of one of my most popular Reflections, Grandfather Therapy. Since first published, the number of my grandchildren has doubled. So have the therapy sessions. So have the lessons learned. I have concluded that grandchildren, or at the very least, the nine who call me … Continue reading Grandfather Therapy
One of the most visual symbols of the current President is his red hat emblazoned with the letters MAGA, for Make America Great Again. It is a hat worn by those who support him and mocked by those who disdain him. Who thought a hat would become a lightning rod for confrontation? One only has … Continue reading Make America Good Again?
Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day when tradition holds that if a groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow and we will have six more weeks of Winter. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, saw his shadow this morning, so springtime in the North may be delayed. Yet his Southern cousin, General … Continue reading Groundhog Morality
What do the United States, North Korea, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Canada, and Singapore have in common? Only these seven countries allow abortion after 20 weeks. And if New York Governor Cuomo has anything to do with it, the United States will be in a class by itself. The State of New York already … Continue reading Is Pink the New Color of Evil?
In 2004, one of our daughters joined the Peace Corps for a two-year assignment in the Republic of Georgia. When she came home on furlough for Christmas, she chuckled at the prospect of experiencing two gift-giving celebrations that year on two continents, Christmas in the States and the Epiphany in the Republic of Georgia. Though … Continue reading The Epiphany
Today is January 1, 2019, the 250th-anniversary of….wait. Before you start celebrating, a little background might be in order. It begins with a man named John. Born in 1725, he spent the first seven years of his life in England. With his father at sea, his loving mother doted on her son, taking him to … Continue reading But Now, I See
What is it with kids and forts? I remember as a kid building forts and tree houses with my friends. I recall as a parent, my children using pillows and cardboard boxes to construct their make-believe hideaways. Now my grandchildren seem to naturally want to use blankets over tables or delight in scrambling into … Continue reading The Christmas Tree Fort
It’s the Christmas season and no season would be complete without a telecast of the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This 1946 movie stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a man who yearns to leave the small, serene town of Bedford Falls but stays home sacrificing his dreams to help others. While not considered … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Life…AGAIN!
My children tell me that there is a direct correlation between age and the difficulty of buying gifts. The older I get, the harder it is to pick out a gift for me. They are well aware that their father, aka Poppy, has told them on many occasions that he is a man who has … Continue reading A Christmas Gift Giving Guide for the Man Who Has Everything