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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Sharp dressed man

When I was a young man, I paid a lot of attention to the latest styles and trends. In fact, when I was first starting to work and getting paid, I wore loose pleated pants, a stylish shirt with a paisley or colored floral print tie, and a leather jacket and looked like I just... 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 →

Forgetfulness!

I log off from my work network and shut down my laptop. It’s late on a Friday afternoon and it's been a busy week. I have one last item on my to-do list before I call it a day: write my mother. I grab a piece of stationary and start the note. It will be... Continue Reading →

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