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 →

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 →

Folksy wisdom

When I was 18, I spent my summer working on a small, local farm. At the start of the week, the farmer would list out on a piece of paper all the things he wanted me to complete that week. The list would vary, one day I would chop wood, another I would weed a... Continue Reading →

Fighting the good fight

The United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday (January 16) honoring the civil rights leader's life, legacy and achievements. King, a baptist minister, was the most prominent civil rights leader during the 1960s and advocated nonviolent methods to end racial segregation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. King... Continue Reading →

When the rubber hits the road

We're a few days into the new year. It's time for the real work to begin and to get serious about what we want to accomplish. It's time to ask ourselves: How we're going to make the goals become reality? What steps are we willing to make them happen? What's our plan? I had a... Continue Reading →

Learning my lesson

I guess maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Shortly after my wife and I were married, we visited Hawaii. We visited several of the beaches; Diamond Head, the volcanic cone on Oahu; and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. (I can't recommend enough stopping by the national memorial, especially the USS Arizona, it's a... Continue Reading →

Put your pencils down

I racked my brain. I didn’t want to say the wrong thing to my son. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on him, but I also wanted to let him know that I understood the importance of the week and that we had his back. My son is finishing up his first semester... Continue Reading →

A misplaced note

If it was a lost set of keys, I would have asked the receptionist if anyone had dropped off a set. If it was a missing person, I would have filed a report with the police. This is different. I came across some interesting writing advice a month or two ago and wrote it down... Continue Reading →

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