Lose the smartphone

The little boy had a Spiderman backpack and raced up and down the sidewalk, while his mother held tight to her dog and leaned against a neighbor’s fence, her head down looking at her smartphone. Coming back from a coffee run, I drove past several small groups of moms and dad, all different ages and... Continue Reading →

Finding a dead body

The old man in the New York Yankees baseball hat goes for a walk every day at the same time. He leaves his house a little after 8 in the morning, walks for about 30 minutes and finishes up in front of the small café where he grabs a coffee and a bagel. When he’s... Continue Reading →

The psychology of choice

When the Magic Kingdom in Orlando opened in October 1971, success was far from certain. Oh sure, Walt Disney had opened Disneyland in Anaheim in 1955 and its success hinted at what was to come, but the Magic Kingdom was significantly larger and Walt Disney had passed away five years prior to the opening. When... Continue Reading →

Breaking the new technology!

The little boy climbs one foot in front of the other up the ladder. He stops and looks out over the pool, his eyes look like saucers. Seeing the kids behind him, he takes the final three steps to the top of the diving board. On one hand, he’s scared to death. If he could climb... Continue Reading →

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 →

Google before Google: An ode to the encyclopedia

When I was a kid, my parents purchased a set of encyclopedias. I don’t know if they purchased them from a door-to-door salesman, mail order or some other way. My memory is a bit foggy. All I know is that a large chunk of the alphabet showed up one day. I think a few of... Continue Reading →

An intervention for a modern-day dinosaur

I stepped back in time a couple of months ago. One minute I was listening to Ed Sheeran on Spotify in my car, the next minute I could have easily been listening to Huey Lewis and the News or Phil Collins blaring from some long ago boombox. In an instant, I was back in the... Continue Reading →

My new part-time job

I’m torn. I’m really torn.  A local convenience store where I live has set up several self-checkout lines. These self-scanners have become the norm in department stores and grocery stores, but it’s the first that I’ve seen them in a local convenience store.   Big business in today's world I’m sure it’s an attempt by the... Continue Reading →

Giving up on social media?

Social Media firms seem to attract controversy nowadays the way Elizabeth Taylor back in the day used to attract husbands or the Kardashian clan in the present day are magnetized to the paparazzi, meaning it’s a regular occurrence. One day it’s privacy issues, another it’s the harmful effects on teen mental health. Social media covers... Continue Reading →

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