Agnes the terrible

When I was a kid growing up in rural central Pennsylvania, my parents and other older adults would talk often about Hurricane Agnes. They'd tell stories over coffee at home or the local restaurant about where they were when the rain and wind started and how the flooding grew and grew, turning streets into raging... Continue Reading →

Why didn’t anyone tell me?

I’m a mess. My days are numbered. They’re ticking off in front of me. If that weren’t enough, I've learned that I’ve been wronged. At least according to the guy on TV who claims that “people with a lawyer always get more,” I'm missing out on what's rightfully mine. Who knew?  A few weeks ago,... Continue Reading →

Where does the writing come from?

The human brain is a wonderful and crazy thing.  (That's another way of saying this blog is for the writing geeks like myself.) I wrote a piece recently about how our daughter became ill and we rushed her to the ER. She had been ill for a couple of weeks, but her fever soon broke and... Continue Reading →

I wonder if Leo Tolstoy had this problem

I was trying to write a note the other day to a coworker, and I kept getting stuck. The email wasn’t saying what I wanted it to say. I wasn’t writing an important treatise on the state of man. It wasn’t War and Peace. It was just a quick work note, but I was still... Continue Reading →

An uncomfortable discussion

I cringed in my seat. I was annoyed. The speaker was supposed to be talking about college admissions and how to help your son or daughter pick a major. Instead, he was going down a completely different path, talking about how he as a white guy has received certain advantages that his female or non-white... Continue Reading →

The Sweet 16 of Halloween Treats

Let’s get ready to ruuumble. We’re looking live at the Candy Land Arena. It’s that time of the year again. Every one has a sweet tooth and the arena is jumping, it’s the NCAA Tournament, World Series, and Super Bowl of Candies. We're here for the 2021 Halloween Candy Championship. Folks, you're in for a... Continue Reading →

The birth of a blogger

I try to live in the moment, but sometimes its fun to look back nostalgically on the past. I look back on one of my first blogs six years ago. Hopefully the blog still serves as a good introduction to my writing and to me. When I was young child, I was small for my... Continue Reading →

When life brings hard choices!

We face tough choices every day. We can make the best of the day or we can curse the sun for rising up over the horizon. We can react positively to life’s little annoyances or we can let them lead us down a trap of frantic frustration. We can put others first or we can think... Continue Reading →

Finding the silver linings

Covid has changed our lives in so many ways. Many people have lost friends and family members. The pandemic has permanently shut down businesses and hurt us in the pocketbook. It's changed us in other serious ways too. I naturally see the challenges, but the part of me that tries to find the good in even... Continue Reading →

Sticking with love

While I dug into my bag to find my reporter's notebook and pen, he poured me a glass of sweet tea. We sat at his kitchen table and he couldn’t have been nicer. I had called him for help with my story and he suggested that since he had the day off from work, I... Continue Reading →

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