Keepin' On

"I figure I can either quit, or keep on going. I choose Keepin' On."

May I have Your Attention

I have occasionally been in conversations in which I had no idea what we were talking about.  Sound waves were vibrating, people were nodding and saying, “Uh, huh.”  Yet it was clear, at least to me, that I had lost the thread of the topic.  Thread, heck, I was about two spools and a zipper […]

The Wonder of it All

I have started collecting wisdom.  I keep it in a folder in a small file cabinet in my office.  The reason I am collecting wisdom is that I plan to live to be very old.  When I reach some landmark age like ninety or a hundred, people will ask me how I did it.  Then […]

My Little Universe

Apparently an explanation is in order. I occasionally make reference in this column to the Little Universe Inside My Head. This refers to the place inside me that holds all of the ways that I feel or wish life should be. It is a realm of fantasies, dreams, and possible solutions regarding the world and […]

How to Cook – or Do Anything Else

If you can read and follow directions, you can cook. I mean no offense to those of you who have moved on to cooking as an art. I am sure you do more than read. However, everyone begins with following simple directions. These keep us on the right path and prevent trouble. My first directions-related […]

The Water Glass

The water glass stands tall and waits For each to make a guess. To see how each would value it, To give a curse or bless. “Half-empty,” says the angry one, “As any fool can tell. Just like this miserable world of yours, Running on to hell.” “Half-full,” replies the smiling one, (All polly an’ […]

The Power of Change

There is a lovely little power that we all have which, when properly applied, changes things. It alters thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and experiences. It changes gray skies to blue, bad days to good, failure into success, or vice versa. The knowledge of its existence is ancient. Its use is far too infrequent. A famous inventor […]

My Mission Position

I am driving east on I-90 looking for a sign. It is three lanes in either direction and I am in the middle lane. Two cars pass me on my left and right. One license plate reads “HUH-UH” and the other reads “UH HUH.” I do not know if they are traveling together, but it […]

Rock Skipping

It is possible to throw a rock so that it skips across the surface of a lake eighty-eight times. This fact was discovered after extensive research of about twenty minutes on the Internet. It may be a record. If not, it is pretty darn good. I first learned about rock skipping many years ago while […]

and — 5, 6, 7, 8 …

I am not embarrassed to tell you that I own a pair of tap dancing shoes. Well, okay, I am a little embarrassed to tell you that. The shoes are stashed away in a box up on a top shelf. They are not leftovers from my childhood, traumatically forced on me by my mother. I […]