An unexpected anniversary present

My wife gave me the dreaded “It’s not you, it’s me” speech last weekend. I couldn’t believe her timing. We were traveling 75 mph on Route 95, the main north-south Interstate Highway, outside of Washington, DC, a flurry of cars, SUVs, and big rigs on either side of us, and out of the blue she... Continue Reading →

Charles in Charge

After ten days of public mourning, Queen Elizabeth II was taken to Westminster Abbey — where she was crowned in 1953 — and then laid to rest on Monday. I’ve written in the past that I’m not big follower of the British Royals, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find the family dynamics fascinating. Here’s... Continue Reading →

Getting an assigned seat

We’d walk into class and sit down next to our friends. I’d try to sit next to Darren or Steve. If they weren’t in my class, maybe Robbie or Dana from the school bus. We were crazy elementary school kids, full of first day jitters. If you didn’t have any friends in the same class,... Continue Reading →

Checking my biases at the door

I held my phone up to the scanner to get my boarding pass, but nothing happened. I turned it in a different direction, but the scanner still failed to pick up the QR code. I looked up for help. What was I doing wrong? Finally, a Muslim woman with the airline, wearing a hijab, a... Continue Reading →

Click your heels, Dorothy!

I have a pet peeve.  As talk of Covid has died down this year, I hear a lot of business moguls and corporate leaders encouraging workers to return to the office. As one executive said this week on one of the morning business shows, “If you have a chance to go back, go back to... Continue Reading →

Book smart or street smart?

The car rental representative jumped to the driver’s side and started the SUV and the engine sprang to life. It sounded like a sleek sports car but looked like a mini tank. He reminded us that we could have the bigger car for no extra money, or we could have the smaller SUV two cars... Continue Reading →

Walking on clouds

I complained to my mom. I didn’t want to go and now my feet hurt. My elementary class was singing and performing for the residents of a local nursing facility. My mom yelled at me that if I didn’t get a move on, I was going to be late.  I wanted to stay home and... Continue Reading →

What I love about Independence Day!

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. When the Revolutionary War first broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. The Declaration of Independence changed... Continue Reading →

When I’m King of the World: Prince Charles & Me

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this weekend, marking 70 years of service to the British monarch. When she finally passes the torch to Prince Charles, whenever that day comes, he will become the oldest living British monarch to ever take the throne. Charles, 73, has spent his entire life in preparation to wear... Continue Reading →

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