The thin line between love and hate

The car came up fast behind me on the highway. The driver left little room between us. With a tractor-trailer in front of me in the left lane and slower traffic in the right lane, I was driving as fast as I could and had nowhere to go. One urgent stop, one quick change in... Continue Reading →

My own personal guardian angel

He stood stooped over, age had taken a toll on his posture, but he was a tall man so he still towered over me. He wore a long overcoat and a black wool fedora. He could have been straight out of a 1950's movie. He would smile when he saw me. I used to smile... Continue Reading →

A sticky note conundrum

I come home most nights to find little Post-it Notes scattered across the kitchen table. Some are normal sized 3 X 3 inches, others are even smaller. They’re mixed in with bills, fliers, and school newsletters and permission forms that have come home with my son from school. My anal compulsive nature starts flaring up... Continue Reading →

My trip to the therapist

I pulled my car into the parking lot, turned off the engine, and thought about my next step. I could leave, I didn’t have to go in. I hadn’t paid anything up to this point. I was tired from a long day of work. Only a few minutes earlier, I had let out a massive... Continue Reading →

If the shoe fits

When you like something or get used to doing something the same way over a span of years, sometimes it can be hard to change things up. I’ve noticed lately that I have that problem with shoes. For example, I wrote recently that I went out on a limb and bought myself a pair of... Continue Reading →

Leaving home

My friends say we're being silly, but my wife and I are convinced that our kids are "abandoning" us, leaving us for brighter more exciting lights. Our daughter drove back to college this weekend; our son will be leaving home in less than twenty-some days to start boot camp. They’ve given up the comforts of... Continue Reading →

When simple name calling becomes assault and battery

You hear it all the time: “He’s an idiot!”  “No, she’s a moron!” Whether it’s on social media, television, driving, or even just in the local convenience store, I’m constantly amazed by the level of aggression people throw at each other. I used to blame the combative language and scheming in every day life on... Continue Reading →

How I talk about my home town

When I travel home to the small town where I grew up, I compare it to slipping on an old comfortable coat that I haven’t worn in a long time. The coat is worn in spots, there may even be a rip or tear.  At the same time though, the coat has been broken-in, it’s... Continue Reading →

A new year, a new start

I love the start of a new year. The calendar is fresh and full of possibilities. I'm, three days behind, but I love that if you want work on something in your life or pick up a new hobby, the calendar is wide open. Yes, some people hate resolutions and many others love them one... Continue Reading →

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