A Lasting Impression

What can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration but our reconsideration – and our unwavering determination to...

Laugh & Learn

My goal in raising my girls is to get them to the point that they don’t need me – that when they leave home or when I go home, they will carry on and move forward. There will be no question of how things will get done without me because they will already know how....

My Writes

I suppose if I ever want to finish the stories I began, I need to write them. It sounds logical, but I can almost always find an excuse, er, uh, I mean a reason why I can’t do it today. But tomorrow, tomorrow will be the perfect day to sit down and make it happen....

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...