Write That Down

I don’t only quote movies, ya know… I also quote books, song lyrics, television shows, and as Reader’s Digest always called them – Quotable Quotes. And anytime I hear a clever line, a witty comeback, or just something that makes me smile for whatever reason, I like to write it down. You never know when...

Secrets of Success Revealed

They say actions speak louder than words. Well, I don’t know who “they” is, but that statement in and of itself is impossible. But I suppose even with my appreciation for words and their own undeniable but often underestimated power, I would have to admit that words without action are meaningless, and their anti-power can...

A Few of my Favorite Things

“Shut the front door!” My best friend’s step-dad said that all the time when we were growing up. Goober said “Sha-zam.” George Bush Jr. said, “Make no mistake . . .,” but I really preferred Doc Holliday’s version when he said, “No, make no mistake . . . it’s not revenge he’s after; it’s the...

The King & the Road

I won’t say my age because I don’t want to, but I’ve been around for a little while. I’ve lived through a few things. I like to think I know a thing or two – not because I’m some sort of scholar but just because I pay attention, well kinda – sometimes. I pay enough...

Lead from Beside

White gets kind of a bad rep: Don’t wear white shoes after Labor Day. Don’t wear white for pictures. Don’t dress a kid in white (unless stains don’t matter). A white lie is said to be trivial/harmless. White always seemed like the most useless crayon in the box to me. Of all the colors, if...

Serious Laughter

I was once told that I can never be serious. I was like, “says you.” True story. I suppose it’s true enough that I can’t help lightening the load of a topic when things have been serious for a while. I always go back to the serious part of the discussion though – it’s just...

Character Worth Writing About

Character. Not everybody has it. That’s why we read – to discover people with real character, with real grit, with a purpose for the things they do and say. There’s an Ernest Hemingway quote I pick up and read frequently. It goes: Honestly, the first time I read it, I was getting bored by the...

Mean What You Say

Misunderstandings are an unfortunate reality of life. A simple misunderstanding can end relationships, shut down business deals, deliver a wrong order – the possibilities are endless. Take for instance, double negatives. Last night, my youngest daughter said she wanted a snack. My oldest daughter said, “You don’t need no snack.” While the younger was upset...

Photography 101

I’ve taken a photography class, pinned some things on Pinterest, and even read a good amount of what I pinned. So, I guess you could pretty much call me a professional photographer. OK, maybe not, but I’ve learned some stuff – things that may serve more purposes than photography alone. So Photography 101 isn’t so...

Like Sands Through the Hourglass

This is the time you gave to me. I’ve heard the lyrics before and sung along with the song, but I never noticed these words before today. I was scanning through the stations, trying to find a song to “turn up the radio” on the way to work, and I caught the middle of a...