My obsession: being on time

The clock in my head was going off: beep, beep, beep. The blaring sound got louder with every passing moment. I was late and the alarm wouldn’t stop until I got to my destination, my local county courthouse. I wasn’t technically late yet. I was still a few minutes early, but I needed to find... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day: A time to remember

When wave-after-wave of Japanese fighter planes attacked Pearl Harbor a little before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Chief Watertender Peter Tomich was on duty below the USS Utah working in the ship’s boiler room. The ship, moored off Ford Island, suffered significant torpedo damage in the raid and began to capsize. As water started... Continue Reading →

How my worst day became one of my best

I can still hear the metallic crunch. Twenty five years later, if I close my eyes, I can still hear the crush of metal upon metal. I had just bought my first new car. I was working as a small-town newspaper reporter and had gotten a great deal on a new Geo Storm. The beater-up... Continue Reading →

Your feel-good story of the day

There’s no way around it: People can be downright horrible. I feel like all that I've heard lately are stories about the terrible things that we do to each other supposedly in the name of love and friendship. I’m not talking about war or terrorism. I’m referring to the run of the mill things that... Continue Reading →

Five things I’ve learned from my dog

After a long, long day running from meeting to meeting, I came home from work the other night and, if you had never set foot in our house before, you would have thought I had been away for decades. I opened the front door and our dog, Nittany, a five-year-old Bichon Frise – Shih Tzu greeted... Continue Reading →

The job I loved to hate

I was a mess. The dust from the tar roof that we were ripping off naturally settled on whatever skin of mine that was exposed — mainly my arms and face —and when mixed with my sweat burned like I had put them in the middle of a raging bonfire. The sun, with the temperature... Continue Reading →

A father and son: Two different morning routines

My son went about his normal routine. He got a quick shower and got dressed without a care in the world, like it was just a regular school day. I stubbed my toe and felt on edge. My son made himself some coffee and grabbed a bagel for breakfast. When he had eaten the bagel... Continue Reading →

Peace I leave with you

As a reader and writer, I love the power of strong, commanding words. Several weeks ago my priest read from John 14:  “I have told you this while I am with you. The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.... Continue Reading →

Seven things I should understand, but don’t

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the world ... and yourself. Where am I going with this? It hit me the other day that the number of things that I don’t get or understand any more are starting to outnumber the things I do. I think I could be turning into a mean, old... Continue Reading →

My cry for help

I was "depressed." I couldn’t seem to break the downward swing I seemed to be on. I was upset over nothing and everything: the test I thought I had failed; the close friends I didn’t seem to have; my brothers, who I missed and were off at college; the trouble I seemed to get into... Continue Reading →

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