I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP

It has been a rough few years. My father passed in 2014. My father-in-law passed the next year. I was diagnosed with cancer on August 2015, and had a successful removal of said heinous disease in December that year. My leg blew up the to the size of a hundred-year-old...

I Have an Addiction

I have an addiction. This problem has plagued me since high school. I remember one teacher who set me apart from other students because not only did it impact my life, it negatively affected the lives of my fellow pupils. Truth be told, I probably never outgrew it...

I Was Young and Stupid…Now I’m Not So Young

Did you ever party like it’s 1999? Have you ever experienced any moments that make you sit back and say, “Sure glad they didn’t have smart phones back then?” Those adventures that are indelibly pinned into your memory. Those escapades that make you question whether...

Sweet, Sweet Goodness

Have you ever had the pleasure of enjoying the sweet goodness of a tangelo? These citrus hybrids have the sweetness of a tangerine and the juiciness of a grapefruit—the crossing of which created them. And another wonderful thing that makes them so great? No to very...

Talking to Things That Aren’t There

I have heard since I was little that I look like my father. My son has heard since he was little that he looks like me. And there are many other things that I have noticed that have been carried down from generation to generation. I visited with some family a couple...

Don’t Mess with Mama Bear

I have never been perfect. In fact, I imagine that I caused my parents some bit of turmoil. They probably wrung their hands and pulled their hair, saying, Why must we suffer the troubles of this pernicious and ill-spirited and troublesome child? On the other hand, I...

I Don’t Want to Go to Oz

My wife became angry with me after we had been married a little over a year. As usual with young couples starting out, it revolved around money. I had a friend that was moving to Wichita, Kansas for a job. He needed some help. I volunteered. Well…the truck he rented...

Let’s See What’s Around This Next Corner

Perhaps it is in my blood. I don’t really know. My father was the youngest of seven children born in Monroe County, Kentucky. For some reason, he decided to join the US Navy and see the world. So, he up and wandered off, and ended up marrying a Southern California...

Yes, I’m THAT Guy

Have you ever been on the bus or train or plane and there is this one guy that talks to everyone? He doesn’t seem to have a clue that you just want to be left alone. You’re sitting there in your seat, telling yourself over and over in your head while you hunch over...

Mr. President, Your Table Is Ready

I still dream. There is not another way to look at it. I refuse to be strictly an adult. I still believe those words my mother told me several times a week as a precocious child bundled up heading off to school: You can be whatever you want to be when you grow up. My...