Some assembly required!

I should have known that there would be some challenges along the way. The project was simple enough. My employer had generously offered to cover the cost of a new chair for my home office, a nice big cushy one to boot. When I opened the box the chair came in, I groaned when I... 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 →

First day jitters!

My mom kissed me on my forehead and tucked me into my bed for the fourth time that night. She had to be losing her patience. I had been up and down all night. She’d put me down one minute and a few minutes later I would be up-and-out of bed again. I was getting... Continue Reading →

Working from the office: I don’t want to ever go back

I stepped away from my desk. I had been working nonstop since mid-morning. I walked downstairs from my home office to see my son pull into the driveway. I greeted him at the door with a smile. We chatted briefly about his day and I told him about my meetings. Before he went up to his... Continue Reading →

Don’t mess with my hometown

The Mississippi native was talking about all the things wrong with his home state. He listed the problems and the state’s ranking in various nationwide surveys rapid fire. He knew them well and mocked the state's poor showing: Ranked 50th in poverty. Ranked 49th in the mortality rate, suicide rate, smoking rate, mental health, infant mortality... Continue Reading →

Rejected!

I toss and turn in bed and my mind spins in a thousand different directions. I mentally check off a lengthy list of everything that I would have done differently: I would have focused on my specific contributions, citing specific stats, and how I was able to help my team achieve our ambitious goals. When... 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 →

A mistaken identity

She had the same wispy, gray hair and hesitant smile that I remembered. I was out for a walk a few weeks ago and walked by a house where an old lady, bundled in a jacket, rocked back and forth in a rocking chair on her porch. I could hear her humming and old religious... Continue Reading →

The most wonderful time of the year

If you're one of the lucky ones, you woke up today wondering what day it is. Yes, you're completely oblivious to the day. I'm not talking about waking up in a drunken stupor. No, no, no one likes an alcohol-induced hangover. Instead, I'm talking about the days immediately before and after Christmas, right up until... Continue Reading →

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