Don’t mess with my hometown

The Mississippi native was talking about all the things wrong with his home state. He listed the problems and the state’s ranking in various nationwide surveys rapid fire. He knew them well and mocked the state's poor showing: Ranked 50th in poverty. Ranked 49th in the mortality rate, suicide rate, smoking rate, mental health, infant mortality... Continue Reading →

An intervention for a modern-day dinosaur

I stepped back in time a couple of months ago. One minute I was listening to Ed Sheeran on Spotify in my car, the next minute I could have easily been listening to Huey Lewis and the News or Phil Collins blaring from some long ago boombox. In an instant, I was back in the... Continue Reading →

Rejected!

I toss and turn in bed and my mind spins in a thousand different directions. I mentally check off a lengthy list of everything that I would have done differently: I would have focused on my specific contributions, citing specific stats, and how I was able to help my team achieve our ambitious goals. When... Continue Reading →

My new part-time job

I’m torn. I’m really torn.  A local convenience store where I live has set up several self-checkout lines. These self-scanners have become the norm in department stores and grocery stores, but it’s the first that I’ve seen them in a local convenience store.   Big business in today's world I’m sure it’s an attempt by the... Continue Reading →

A Valentine from my Valentine

When I got over the surprise, I put the jacket up to my face to smell the smooth leather. It was cool to the touch, but when I went to put it on, the coat felt like a gentle hug. I looked at the jacket in the mirror and couldn’t believe it. I had always... Continue Reading →

Getting ready for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LVI will play this weekend to record crowds. In fact, the game is expected to draw 95 to 100 million viewers in the U.S. and perhaps another 40 million people worldwide.  Viewers will switch on the game to root for the Cincinnati Bengals or the Los Angelas Rams, but a significant amount will... Continue Reading →

All peopled out!

A few months ago, my wife looked at me like I had three heads. It was the middle of the afternoon, and we hadn’t been out long, just an hour so with a few close friends, but I was done. I was fried. I was tired from a busy week and had reached my limit.... Continue Reading →

Meeting the Don: Returning to The Godfather

The movie “The Godfather” has some of the most memorable lines of all time. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”  “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” “It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” The quotes seem to be endless.  “Some day, and that day may never come, I will... Continue Reading →

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