Category Archives: Remembering

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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I Remember…

I’ve finally gotten to the age where I find myself, more and more often, saying, “I remember when…”  It’s a teeny bit frustrating to sound like a classic old man but, let’s face it, I am.  Wait.  I don’t, by … Continue reading

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What Was She Thinking?

Have you ever watched an event transpiring and said to yourself, “This can’t be happening?”  The first time it happened to me was in the second grade.  And, to this day, I am still amazed at what occurred. Okay.  Let … Continue reading

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Tossing Grenades

I was born nine years after the end of WWII; immediately following the Korean War.  Being of the post-war “Boomer” generation, many of the toys I had during my formative years were war toys.  True, we also had cowboy pistols … 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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Long Lost Treasure

I know the location of an actual buried treasure.  Well, let’s just say that I can come within approximately ten yards of it.  But, because I lost the map, I can’t get to the exact location.  It was buried in … Continue reading

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No One is the Villain in Their Own Life

I knew something was about to happen.  Following the previous evening’s events, something was bound to happen, had to happen.  It was my senior year of high school and the evening before, another friend and I had been in a … Continue reading

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The Librarian

I didn’t know her, but I was afraid. She was an imposing woman of grey hair, twisted tightly and somehow bolted in a bun to the top of her head. As cliché as it may sound, around her neck was … Continue reading

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Powers and Abilities far Beyond Those of Mortal Men

Back when I was five- or six-years-old, I wanted, more than anything, to grow up to be Superman.  I hadn’t gone to first grade yet, so I hadn’t been taught to read, but once I figured out that The Adventures … Continue reading

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Wishing I Could Take Back an Arrow

There’s always a moment, perhaps a split-second before you do anything, take any action, in which you can change your mind.  I can recall standing on the high-diving board, when I was a kid, and attempting to get the courage … Continue reading

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Looking for Joy

Recently I was watching The Bucket List and there’s a scene where Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are sitting on top of one of the pyramids in Giza.  Morgan Freeman’s character tells Jack Nicholson’s that the ancient Egyptians believed that … Continue reading

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Giblets, a Dime and Quarter

I return to my childhood and, within my mind’s ear, I can clearly hear my mother’s oft-repeated lament, “May you, one day, have children of your own.”  Her wisdom within that sentence—also heard by her from her mother—is prophetic and … Continue reading

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On Being Rich

There was a time in my life when I was relatively financially successful.  I drove a nice car.  My (now ex-) wife did, too.  We had a lovely tract home in an upscale community which was nicely furnished and our … Continue reading

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Oh, Sugar Sugar

When I was a youth, I believe the single most important thing in my life was candy.  In the past, I’ve mentioned my love for baseball; my Little League years being some of the best times of my life.  But … Continue reading

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The Day I Peed My Pants

I was in sixth grade.  Wait.  I didn’t really pee my pants.  Let me begin with that.  But of all the times in my earlier days, when I peed my pants and nobody noticed, why did the time I didn’t … Continue reading

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My Friend, Steve

I want to tell you about my friend, Steve. I’ve known some pretty nice people in my life, and Steve DeCuir ranks towards the top of that list. He has never Blog this! Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz … Continue reading

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Remembering an Angel

I played golf recently— Wait. Let me begin again. I was invited, for the 19th consecutive year, to play golf in the Annual United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire’s Dennis James Golf Classic. I brought my clubs and I … Continue reading

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Sticking My Tongue Into It

This morning I made a cherry cheesecake (I’ll give you the recipe at the end of this post). When I ejected the beaters from the hand mixer, I held them in my hand and immediately paused, admiring the sweet, cheesy … Continue reading

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You Get Five Spices

I don’t know how we even ended up on the subject, but the question was, “If you had to limit yourself to a small amount of spices with which to cook, forever, which would you choose?” I think the amount … Continue reading

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A Nice Day for Kindness

On a golf course, nearly 50 years ago, I met one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  Remembering his kindness still brings a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart. Blog this! Digg this post Recommend … Continue reading

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