Category Archives: Daily Life

Crappy Poetry

My roommate is a university student.  She’s an English Major with a Creative Writing Minor.  One of her classes this quarter was Poetry, and a recent assignment was to write ten titles that you couldn’t imagine could be turned into … Continue reading

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Nearly the Best Morning of My Life

For six decades I lived my life as one in which the bad times overshadowed the good.  But now, reclining in the overstuffed warmth of a more gentle and accepting perspective, I like to allow what’s left of my mind … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Words

The older I get, the more my mother’s admonitions and/or words of advice—to my younger self—seem to come back to me.  Some I remember with a gentle smile while others reverberate through my skull as if I were standing under … Continue reading

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It’s a Generational Thing

There’s an old axiom that some people can learn from seeing another make mistakes while others just have to pee on the electric fence.  I’m sure that the vast majority of parents would like to impart the experiences of their … Continue reading

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When I Grow Up…

Though it is difficult to remember those decades long past when I was a child, I do remember being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  And even if I couldn’t recall it being asked of … Continue reading

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Intellectual Brilliance

This story is all about what a genius I am. According to a 2005 article at Wilderdom.com, back in the late 1800’s, a guy named Francis Galton came up with the idea of being able to quantify intelligence.  In the … Continue reading

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Making Strides

Does the world notice or does one live a solitary, invisible life?  Do the things I do matter and does anyone see them?  Then again, do I do the things I do, live the way I live, for me or … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Day

My mother turned 90 a few weeks ago and, the following Saturday, my five siblings and I held a party for her in our back yard. The afternoon was perfect. On the day before, my nephew, Dakota, and I set … Continue reading

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Not My Best Business Idea

In my life, I have had quite a few jobs.  My first was raking sand traps at my father’s “country club” on weekend mornings.  I was 15-years-old and, if I can recall with any accuracy, my pay was $1.15 per … Continue reading

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My Deadliest Meal

Let me, at the outset, say that I meant no malice towards my family.  My intention was to cook them dinner, not cause nearly convulsive physical duress.  I guess I should first give you the recipe for my Italian Beef … Continue reading

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Waves of Sadness

All of us, at one time or another, suffer loss.  We lose cell phones, car keys; we even sometimes lose our way.  There are losses from which we more easily recover and there are those which rain down upon us … Continue reading

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Not Covered

We’re done for.  I’ve said it before and my position only grows stronger.  In a past post called Healthcare Will Kill Us All, I explained the process it took from telling my primary care physician that I felt I’d torn … Continue reading

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Amazing Coincidences!

It’s often curious to me how people can manage to find a coincidence whenever they need one.  Instead of just following their heart and doing what they want to do on its own merit—for no other reason that it makes … Continue reading

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The Worst Day of My Life

It was a day like any other.  There wasn’t anything unique about it.  It was so nondescript, in fact, that I recall nothing else about the day except that moment.  Of course, everything else in my life pales in comparison … Continue reading

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Keeping My Fingers Crossed

I think superstitions are silly.  And I know I’ve had a few in my life.  Mostly they revolved around my golf game.  My skill level has always rested upon a precarious perch somewhere between bad and truly horrible. My best … Continue reading

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Struggling Against Nothing

I think the majority of us struggle.  And I think most of the struggles are self-imposed. The world of today is filled with myriad distractions.  Advertising tells us that if we don’t buy innumerable products, then we won’t be cool … Continue reading

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Is it Worth All the Marbles?

Even as I was doing it, I knew it was the wrong thing to be doing.  I looked over to our neighbor’s yard—our “yards” in those days were basically dirt separated my more dirt—and saw his collie prancing about with … Continue reading

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Dreaming my Life Lesson

Horrible.  That’s the word for it.  Horrible.  It was the most horrible dream I’d ever had.  I woke up in a cold sweat.  I believe I was actually shuddering with fear.  What I saw or, more accurately, what I heard … Continue reading

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Space Race v. Cell Phones

When I was a kid, we had this really cool thing called outside.  It was amazing.  If you wanted to do something, you went there.  These days, I don’t think kids have outside.  They just sit in the house and … Continue reading

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The Unexamined Life

According to Plato, Socrates said, at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I have examined my life. I do it all the time. However, it’s not a text-book example of an examination. … Continue reading

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