Category: Marriage

  • Simple Pleasures

    In the elusive pursuit of happiness, 21st Century man has learned the more you have, the more you want. Once we obtain it, we must continue to get more, do more, or experience more to remain happy.  More, it seems, is never enough in a culture drunk on materialism. It almost seems as if the […]

  • Men Play Checkers, Women Play Chess and Other Differences Between Men and Women

    Men Play Checkers, Women Play Chess and Other Differences Between Men and Women

    Not too long ago, one could safely comment on gender differences without the fear of being “canceled,” condemned for not being “woke” enough, or accused of sexual discrimination.  In today’s world, one must be careful as free speech can instantly become hate speech if someone, somewhere, is the least bit offended. I’ll take that risk. […]

  • The Gentlemen’s Guide To The Do’s and Don’ts of a Valentine’s Day Card

    The Gentlemen’s Guide To The Do’s and Don’ts of a Valentine’s Day Card

    For all you romantically-challenged gentlemen who struggle to navigate the minefield of expectations that accompanies every February 14th, I have a suggestion. AT LEAST BUY HER A VALENTINE’S DAY CARD! Last Valentine’s Day, my wife stopped by the card section at our local Publix supermarket in hopes of finding the perfect Valentine’s card for you […]

  • Isn’t That Romantic?

    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 […]

  • Clarifying Confusing Culinary Terms

    Clarifying Confusing Culinary Terms

    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 […]

  • Safe At Home

    A title like “Safe at Home” sounds more like a commentary on life in the midst of the 2020 pandemic.  Not exactly.  Keep reading. It was the bottom of the ninth in the seventh and final game of the 1992 Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Playoff series.  The Atlanta Braves, hoping to return to […]

  • The Humbling of a Packer Extraordinaire

    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 […]

  • Fight Like A Girl

    Fight Like A Girl

    As a ten-year-old boy, being told that I threw a ball like a girl was the ultimate insult.  Adolescents can be cruel with their verbal barbs.  For a young pubescent male, doing anything “like a girl” was akin to being called a sissy.  But today, a phrase like “Fight Like A Girl” carries a new […]

  • Dancing in the Rain – Part 2: The Joy of Living and Laughing

    Dancing in the Rain – Part 2: The Joy of Living and Laughing

    It’s no joke.  Laughter is good for you.  A good laugh feels good, but it actually has many positive physical benefits. It’s a great form of stress relief, stimulates internal organs as you breathe in oxygen-rich air, and it spurs the brain to release endorphins.  And endorphins are a good thing.  The list goes on […]

  • Dancing in the Rain – Part 1 – Laughing at Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments

    Dancing in the Rain – Part 1 – Laughing at Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments

    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 […]