Trying not to be “that guy”

I talk back to the screen. I question why the screen writer took the plot of the story in one way instead of another or why the character that we haven’t seen in two episodes has apparently come back from the dead. I throw up my hands in frustration.  When the CIA officer in the... Continue Reading →

A quilt made with love

My dad smiled and spoke quickly like he had just stumbled across his next furniture restoration. In his later years, my dad restored furniture as a hobby and to help bring in a few extra dollars to his fixed income. He inevitably would come across a battered coffee table, drawer set or armoire that had... Continue Reading →

A different kind of doggy daycare

I unearthed a major discovery the other day. I finally figured out how our twelve-year-old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Friese dog spends her days. I had a chance to follow Nittany for a full day.  It’s been a fascinating discovery.  My wife and I assumed that she spent the bulk of her days sleeping, eating,... Continue Reading →

A different kind of hero

I woke up to a nagging ache in my arm. I rolled over to the other side and let out a sigh when I felt a pinch in that shoulder too. I tried to think if I had done anything to bring on the pain and then I remembered that I was just dealing with... Continue Reading →

Giving up on social media?

Social Media firms seem to attract controversy nowadays the way Elizabeth Taylor back in the day used to attract husbands or the Kardashian clan in the present day are magnetized to the paparazzi, meaning it’s a regular occurrence. One day it’s privacy issues, another it’s the harmful effects on teen mental health. Social media covers... Continue Reading →

Change the world

I was struck recently by the confusion of the world we live. One day you keep your head down and go to work or celebrate family night, the next, you go to the doctor for a nagging cough as one of my friends did recently and come back with some unsettling news.   When I get... Continue Reading →

A mistaken identity

She had the same wispy, gray hair and hesitant smile that I remembered. I was out for a walk a few weeks ago and walked by a house where an old lady, bundled in a jacket, rocked back and forth in a rocking chair on her porch. I could hear her humming and old religious... Continue Reading →

Postponed!

My son looked down at his phone and sighed. His flight back to his base was postponed by another two hours. The flight had been postponed once already. He would end up getting in later than he expected. When I asked if he was upset, he shrugged his shoulders and said that he’d be fine.... Continue Reading →

New year, new man

Tick, tick, tick, another year has passed.  Weren’t we just here? Didn’t we just celebrate the start of the new year? I swear I turned on the television yesterday and Ryan Seacrest and host of other New Year's Eve commentators were talking about how challenging 2020 had been and how we were all looking forward... Continue Reading →

The most wonderful time of the year

If you're one of the lucky ones, you woke up today wondering what day it is. Yes, you're completely oblivious to the day. I'm not talking about waking up in a drunken stupor. No, no, no one likes an alcohol-induced hangover. Instead, I'm talking about the days immediately before and after Christmas, right up until... Continue Reading →

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