Semper Fi

When my oldest son was a young boy, he would dress-up in a white t-shirt and green camo pants and play soldier. He’d march out the backdoor with a pack over his shoulder and his bb gun, where he’d set up targets in the yard. The bb gun was far from the best. It was... Continue Reading →

A Valentine from my Valentine

When I got over the surprise, I put the jacket up to my face to smell the smooth leather. It was cool to the touch, but when I went to put it on, the coat felt like a gentle hug. I looked at the jacket in the mirror and couldn’t believe it. I had always... Continue Reading →

A quilt made with love

My dad smiled and spoke quickly like he had just stumbled across his next furniture restoration. In his later years, my dad restored furniture as a hobby and to help bring in a few extra dollars to his fixed income. He inevitably would come across a battered coffee table, drawer set or armoire that had... Continue Reading →

A different kind of doggy daycare

I unearthed a major discovery the other day. I finally figured out how our twelve-year-old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Friese dog spends her days. I had a chance to follow Nittany for a full day.  It’s been a fascinating discovery.  My wife and I assumed that she spent the bulk of her days sleeping, eating,... 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 day Santa died

When I was a kid, I never liked to sit on Santa Claus’ lap. My mom used to keep our family photos in an old shoe box that we kept in a closet, I don’t think there’s one picture of me with the big guy. I loved what Santa brought me, but I wanted no... Continue Reading →

Happy Days!

I have about 60 miles to travel until I hit the city. I couldn't be more carefree. Most days, I get by on coffee and a biting sarcasm that borders on gallows humor. However, if you cut me open today, I think I would bleed rainbows, unicorns, and butterflies.  I’m the happiest I’ve been in... Continue Reading →

Alive and well

Our family dog, Nittany, a Lhasa Apsa – Bichon Frise mix, is getting older.  She’s lived a lifetime in her 12 years. She's slower and doesn’t get around as well as she once did. Her legs are not as good nowadays. She needs steps to get up into our bed and, when she sleeps, she... Continue Reading →

Marriage is hard work

I call this the warts and all column.  My wife and I have been together for more than 28 years. When we tell people that we’ve been together that long, they ooh and aww, but I never feel like I’m properly explaining what it means. They're thinking long carefree walks in the park, full of long... Continue Reading →

Standing the test of time

My son stops halfway up our stairs and then turns to come back downstairs. He thanks us for letting him have his friends over for a late-night chat about music. He lets out a big yawn and comes over to my wife and I and gives us a big hug.  His hug never gets old.... Continue Reading →

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