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...

GIFTS

Talent is its own expectation: you either live up to it or it waves a hankie, receding forever. David Foster Wallace What exactly is a gift? Let’s begin by moving away from wrapping paper, Amazon shopping, and Santa. What’s the definition of a gift? Actually, there...

A CASE FOR CIVILITY

The open-minded see the truth in different things; the narrow –minded see only the differences. AnonymousDuring the course of a recent discussion about current events, I referenced the parable of “the blind men from India and the elephant.” For those of you not...