Kill Them with Kindness

More often than it doesn’t, it pays to be nice. In my years of travel and the experiences that I have enjoyed, I have noticed that one of the places it is most often difficult to be nice in is at the airport. Rushing from one gate to the next, delayed flights,...

Don’t Mess with Mama Bear

A certain video was making the rounds on social media this past week that really tugged at the heart strings and brought a tear to my eye. More headlines made the rounds today saying that the original video may have been a scam. Truthfully, I don’t think it matters in...

Everyone Wants Global Warming

Do we really care about climate change and global warming? I hear people all winter—if February high temperatures just below 60 degrees can be called winter—complaining about the cold. The cold?!?! They say things like, “I sure miss summer sun and beach weather” or...

The Joys of a Colonoscopy

If you’re going to be doing something unpleasant, you may as well have fun doing it, right? At least, that’s my outlook on the whole process. Herein lies the tale of my first colonoscopy. I say first, but it’s not like I volunteer for these procedures. Each time they...

The Things that Make Me Cry

If you know me, you know I am a crier when it comes to movies and books. I’m just an emotional wreck, what can I say? Growing up, I had the book and the record (the one with the picture on it) for The Fox and the Hound. I saw the movie more than once. And I...

It Was Worth the Trouble

With the Christmas holiday coming up, it makes me think about some of the adventures surrounding gifts. Yes. Acquiring a gift can be an adventure. I’m not talking about an Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sinbad Jingle All the Way kind of excitement. The escapades my sisters and...

In Defense of Scrooge and the Grinch

As the Christmas season rolls up on us—in conjunction with the end of the fourth quarter—I become more and more disenfranchised by the intrusive commercialism of the whole thing. Just this most recent Thanksgiving, I headed up to the local box retailer to see what all...

I Am Not the Brightest Knife in the Shed

You’ve heard all those sayings. He’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He’s not the best tool in the shed. Well, it seems that I am all of those rolled up into one…and then some. Another few self-descriptors that fit...

Thanksgiving Is All About the Cranberry Bread

Growing up, one of my favorite books to read was Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin. Published in January 1971, ten months before my birth, it represents something that has always been a part of my life. I even consider it to be one of the central elements in my...

Tragedies: The Spice of Life

They say a good artist has gone through suffering. Oh, how I’ve suffered. Traumatic brain injury. Heart stopped twice. Crushed right hand. Broken right elbow. Broken ribs on right side. Cancer. Pre-cancerous intestinal polyps. Carcinoma removal. Losing family members...