OWN UP TO YOUR YUGO

What’s a Yugo? My readers, ages 50 and below, are probably asking that question. The Yugo was an imported vehicle from eastern Europe, becoming very popular initially, based upon its low selling price and the promise of good MPG. I say “initially” because the little...

10-80-10

Many years ago, a very good friend and mentor of mine passed away unexpectedly. His name was Glen, and he was a football coach. Many of us have an unfair tendency to see those of such occupations as intellectual lightweights, but Glen was an exception to that...

PRISONERS OF WAR

In my non-literary expert opinion, one of the finest American authors of the 20th century was Pat Conroy. He balanced skillful storytelling with vivid and thoughtful prose. And his subject matter, based heavily upon his own dysfunctional family origins, generally...

TRAINING DAZE

I recently bumped into an old acquaintance. Let’s call him Matt. Matt is a skilled electrician who had much to do with the building of our home, many years ago. Since the project took over a year, I had many opportunities to chat with him about matters outside the...

KNOWING WHEN TO LET GO

A core ritual of Alcoholics Anonymous is the reading of the “Serenity Prayer.” If some of my readers are cringing about an addiction lecture, STOP! Alcohol is not the topic of this missive, but the wisdom of the prayer is. Essentially, the Serenity Prayer asks us to...

I AM NINTH…..MAYBE 11TH

We are our choices. Sartre Many years ago, a man named Gale Sayers wrote a book entitled, I am Third. Sayers’ book became popular, largely because of his fame as a professional football icon with the Chicago Bears. But the value of his writing was to be found in its...