Toughest job of my life

I was a mess. The dust from the tar roof that we were ripping off naturally settled on whatever skin was exposed — mainly my arms and face —and when mixed with my sweat, felt like I had stepped into the middle of a raging bonfire. On top of that, the sun, hitting the 95... Continue Reading →

Pick of the litter

As I mentioned in my post this week, our dog, Nittany, celebrates a big birthday in a few weeks. Of course, I have to honor pets of all kind. They find a way into our hearts and never let go. Here's a few additional thoughts. Image by Der Weisswald via Pexels. Image by Anton Atanasov via... Continue Reading →

A big birthday!

Nittany, our Lhasa Apsa – Bichon Frise, has a big week coming up. The grand dame is turning 14. In doggy years, she’s two years shy of celebrating her 100th birthday. She doesn’t get around like she used to, she walks gingerly up our stairs, she needs the occasional help getting off our couch, but... Continue Reading →

Winning the game of life

We hold sports figures in high regard in our society. It's all sports. Soccer fans worldwide celebrated Lionel Messi last December for helping Argentina win the World Cup. Throughout his career, the international star has earned $1.15 billion on and off the pitch, according to Forbes. He's not the only one. Recently retired NFL quarterback... Continue Reading →

Falling forward

My young daughter came to the dinner table where I was working, laptop and papers spread out in front of me, and asked me to kiss her stuffed teddy bear good night. My wife came up behind her, patted her on the pajama bottoms, and told her to run upstairs, she would be right behind... Continue Reading →

Tying up loose ends

For years I wore a suit and tie to work. For all intents and purposes, it was my uniform. I kept to simple black and blue suits, a gray one if I was really trying to go crazy, and the ties tended to range from simple power colors for important meetings, crazy black and purple ones,... Continue Reading →

The Best-Laid Plans

I find it amusing. I first started blogging on WordPress with a completely different idea in mind. I had it all mapped out. I would write the occasional lifestyle or thought piece, but I was looking to focus most of my time on writing a book and thought I would use my blog to showcase... Continue Reading →

Thanks Mom!

The U.S., Canada, and Australia celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday. I'm so thankful for my mother and mother's everywhere for being the Saints that we all know you are. Thank you for teaching us right from wrong and filling us with love and compassion. Thank you for being there when we need you the most.... Continue Reading →

Happiest places on Earth

The little boy looked to be about four or five years old and held tight to his mom’s hand with one hand and a worn Teddy Bear in the other. He held back a yawn, but kept his eyes fixed on the escalator. He seemed to be taking everything in. When he couldn’t stand the... Continue Reading →

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