The Gift that Lingers

Some people cannot talk to complete strangers. They cannot joke with them as if they are that uncle that always told the funniest stories but at whom your mother frowned with her sternest expression. I’ve never had that problem. Sometimes I find it easier to talk to a...

Meeting Strangers in a Strange Land

The vacation is over. But it certainly created some memorable moments. One such moment occurred while waiting in line for tender tickets so we could actually get off the ship to go experience an exciting adventure in Belize. I stood in line behind two women, and they...

Parents Just Don’t Understand

We always want the best for our children. In fact, I would hazard a guess that most people want their children to be better off than they were—after all, they do decide which nursing home you go into. The other day while driving home I started talking to my son as he...

Talking to Hear the Noise

It only took 12 years for me to believe that I was the smartest person on the face of the planet and that parents only made rules in a futile attempt to retain relevance in the lives of their children. Everyone knows that rules are not made to protect the well-being...

Leaving a Present

It seems that coming out of a coma after suffering a serious traumatic brain injury leads to some…unusual behaviors. A long time ago, the car in which I rode lost its rear axle, and a tractor-trailer loaded with 30 tons of charcoal barreled through the passenger door....