It has been awhile since I winged my way deep in the heart of a planeload full of families to a summer vacation destination. And, I admit to being a little envious of those folks in the frequent-flyer section who practice the art of indifference while the rest of us schlep past on our way to the double-digit rows. With the right attitude, however, there is a lot to be gained from tossing oneself into the great economy-class salad bowl of life. [Read more...]
In reflecting on my recent 60th birthday, I regret that I won’t actually get to experience 60, not because I expect to meet an ugly end any time too soon, but because in temperament I’m already 80.
The signs are all there: [Read more...]
Our family loves stories.
Whether they come packaged in celluloid or on paper; whether via satellite or wireless transfer; whether fiction or non; we derive profound pleasure in immersing ourselves in good stories. [Read more...]
And, I think I’m good with that.
With little more to hype than turkey and leaf-motif linens, Madison Avenue largely ignores Thanksgiving, which leaves the rest of us to enjoy it in the same simple spirit with which it has been celebrated for centuries. [Read more...]
Driving to work a couple of months ago, I slipped in behind a tequila truck that had made a delivery to a local restaurant. It was the kind with images of the bottles emblazoned on the back; the logo branded with fire, indicating this was not your ordinary tequila.
As I stared at those images, it occurred to me that at that very moment, somewhere in the world, there were people sitting on crystal-white beaches watching the sun sink beyond turquoise blue waters, sipping tropical drinks from icy glasses with little paper umbrellas in them – and not feeling one bit guilty. [Read more...]
The other night, my five-year-old grandson had a nightmare. After his dad comforted him and reassured him that the dreams weren’t real and that he was safe, he said, “Thankths, Daddy. You fixthed my feelings.”
You fixed my feelings.
Would that we all had someone to fix our feelings. [Read more...]
This is certainly not a reflection of the thinking of most Alaskans as they would be the first to tell you that their nature is particularly well versed at running wild, and stopping it is not really an option. [Read more...]