Inspiration in an unlikely place

When I saw that Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” debuted on Broadway on this day in 1938, I sat back in my chair. A swirl of memories from high school in the mid 1980s came to mind. I read Our Town for the first time in English class and remember being amazed. I had never... Continue Reading →

Sitting down for what’s right

When I hear historians or newspeople talk about the story, I imagine myself in her same position. I think about what I would have done and the politics of the time. I know that I would have been worried for my own safety. I'd like to think that I would have stood my ground, that... Continue Reading →

The art critic

When my wife and I lived in Alexandria, Virginia, our favorite thing to do was to go into Washington, DC and check out one of the many museums. Now, I liked to think of myself as cultured, but the real reason was that The Smithsonian Institute, home to 21 museums and the National Zoo, and... Continue Reading →

Do the math! 1+1=3!

A coworker was sharing with a group of us recently her date from hell. A high school friend had set her up on a blind date with a guy from her gym. The date started fine enough — my coworker learned that her date and her shared an interest in classic cars — but things... Continue Reading →

Tough competition

The National Football League Conference Championships will be played on Sunday. It's down to the final four teams. They've fought through 17 games in 18 weeks, two rounds of playoffs, and now the big prize, the chance to go to the Super Bowl. All four teams have a lot on the line, but the hard... Continue Reading →

Where’s Mr. Heat Miser!

And just like that the Christmas holiday is over, the decorations have been put away, January is almost over and February is knocking on the door. January is a strange month for me. I grew up loving the winter months, mainly because it meant the chance of snow and getting a snow day. (I hear... Continue Reading →

Under pressure!

When I see someone under pressure, it could be an NFL kicker trying to win a football game with a last-second kick; a business leader giving an important speech that will drive or lower stock prices; or even a congressional or political leader talking about an important piece of legislation, I try to imagine the... Continue Reading →

Where else would you rather be, than right here, right now?

My wife follows sports and is actually pretty knowledgeable, especially American football and baseball, but I wouldn't call her a sports fan. It's not a passion of hers. However, when we sit down to watch a movie, she tends to love sports movies like Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington, The Blind Side, or even... Continue Reading →

Fighting the gray skies of January

We’ve hit the middle of January. In the U.S, we’re one month into winter with two months still to go. This is usually the point in the winter when I get tired of the cold and gray skies and need to regroup, remembering that the dark days of winter will not stay forever. It's usually... Continue Reading →

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