So there I was… face-to-face with a potentially homicidal maniac who was for the moment held captive in a steel cage that from the looks of it wouldn’t hold him back long. From past horrific experiences, I knew what he was capable of, but I had been tasked by my superiors with returning him to quarters. … Read moreCamp Unbroken
So there I was… trying to eat a cheeseburger in the shower while contemplating this question: Am I going to make it to my wedding on time? My last day as a bachelor pretty much started the same way as all of the previous days of my life, with me having absolutely no idea of … Read moreMy Bunnymoon (Part One)
Now that I’m firmly entrenched in my middle age years, I feel strongly that it is my right, nay, my duty, to point out at every opportunity exactly what’s wrong with young people today. This time the focus is on their cars. As I look around at what these whippersnappers are cruising around in, I … Read moreThe Dragon Wagon
So there I was on a bitterly cold Tuesday morning in February. It was just like the beginning of any other work day. Except, by the time I’m done with my commute, I will be nearly blinded by incomprehensible rage. To be truthful, the whole thing really started about two weeks before when my wife … Read moreTwo Extremes Tuesday
My first exposure to Robin Williams was his big break – Mork & Mindy. I remember laughing because of the physical humor. I remember laughing because he made funny voices. I remember wanting rainbow suspenders. I remember identifying with Mork who always seemed out of place, and slightly out of touch, because he was an … Read moreTears of a Clown: My Thoughts on Robin Williams
It’s 3:23 in the morning. My family and I are making our way home from the airport. A few short hours ago, we were all in California saying goodbye to our close relatives after an extended visit; now, we’re back in Indianapolis. A light rain, just enough to make me turn on the wipers, is … Read moreA Long Ride Home
My daughter is no idiot. This bodes well for me when she starts dating. This doesn’t bode well for me in the meantime because she asks a lot of good questions. Hard questions. However, sometimes she removes me entirely from the equation and makes statements, sometimes astute observations, about the world that she has determined … Read moreAll in the casting.
His eyes still haunt me. Who is he? I don’t know, but I’ll get to that in a minute. A high schoolmate of mine, Ricky Smith, has started a revolution. His movement #R.A.K.E. stands for – Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere. He has literally traveled the country doing acts of kindness for random people. Things … Read moreMy Random Act of Kindness
Valentine’s Day. I have many memories of Valentine’s Day and few of them are pleasant. I remember opening the traditional cardboard box of valentine cards, I usually got the superheroes or funny comics, and it was a painstaking, dilemma filled, gut wrenching, anguishing process to decide who got what valentine. Similar to the “War Room” … Read moreYes? No? Maybe?….
There is a struggle in parenthood that they don’t publicize. Few people talk about this phenomena – maybe because they are struggling with it as well. But it is real, my friends. It is real, and it is time that we pay it the attention it is due. I don’t know if it has a … Read moreParenting advice you might be missing…