Getting a new laptop: Things that make you go ‘hmm’

I woke before my son and wife on a recent Saturday. The house was quiet, except for the hum of the refrigerator and a bird chirping outside. My morning quiet was soon broken by some rustling outside our front door. When I went to check, I saw that a delivery driver had dropped off a... Continue Reading →

Why didn’t anyone tell me?

I’m a mess. My days are numbered. They’re ticking off in front of me. If that weren’t enough, I've learned that I’ve been wronged. At least according to the guy on TV who claims that “people with a lawyer always get more,” I'm missing out on what's rightfully mine. Who knew?  A few weeks ago,... Continue Reading →

Losing a childhood hero

I let out a tear a few weeks ago.   The actor who played Louis Rodriguez, Sesame Street’s fix-it shop owner for 44 years, starting in 1971, passed away. Emilio Delgado died at the age of 81, after a two-year battle with cancer.  We didn’t watch much television as a young kid, but I was allowed... Continue Reading →

First day jitters!

My mom kissed me on my forehead and tucked me into my bed for the fourth time that night. She had to be losing her patience. I had been up and down all night. She’d put me down one minute and a few minutes later I would be up-and-out of bed again. I was getting... Continue Reading →

Where does the writing come from?

The human brain is a wonderful and crazy thing.  (That's another way of saying this blog is for the writing geeks like myself.) I wrote a piece recently about how our daughter became ill and we rushed her to the ER. She had been ill for a couple of weeks, but her fever soon broke and... Continue Reading →

Beware of dog!

Nittany, our twelve-year old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Frise dog, stood at attention on the armrest of the sofa glaring at the intruder. She looked at him the way a detective sneers at a career criminal, trying to get him to confess to a string of burglaries. Her eyes never let him out of her... Continue Reading →

Fixing a mistake!

I sat in the car in the Walmart parking lot staring straight ahead. I was trying to make, what was up to that point, the toughest decision of my life. I guess I should correct that and say I was "re-thinking" the toughest decision of my life.  The editor of a small newspaper in upstate... Continue Reading →

Why are we loyal?

My wife pointed out the gas station. When I passed it, she didn't comment or say anything. She just shook her head back-and-forth and let out a little “I told you so” smirk. I laughed too, because I knew exactly what she was thinking. Even now with the petroleum industry charging an arm and a... Continue Reading →

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