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Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's never too late to turn your life around

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing a 77-year-old man who proves that it's never too late to turn your life around.

I want to share his story with you because I think others might benefit from his experience.

Leroy admits he was always shy, too shy to talk around strangers and too fearful of trying anything new.

But that was OK, he says, because he was married to the world's greatest woman. "We were married 46 years, and I can honestly say she grew more loving with every passing year," he said.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Irish statesman Edmund Burke is attributed to this quotation most likely due to the statement made in his writing "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents" in 1770. His actual writing that could be considered the basis for that apocryphal quotation is the following: "… when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The resurgence of magic continued this week with the Houdini miniseries that ran on the History Channel this past Monday and Tuesday evenings. This version of Houdini's life stars Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody as the master showman and arguably the most famous magician in the modern era of magic.

Houdini is one of the few stars who is recognized solely by his stage surname and probably most closely associated with the art of magic, even though his most prolific claims to fame were more escapes and dangerous stunts as well as his relentless attacks on spiritualism.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

With the overriding concerns about bullying in our schools in recent years, it is time for me to 'fess up to being a schoolyard bully when I was a kid.

Quite frankly, if someone today did what I had done, he would probably be expelled from school, possibly even charged with assault and harassment. But this is now, and that was then. Despite what you are about to read, none of my victims ever reported me to the teacher or other school authorities, nor, to the best of my knowledge, did they ever rat on me to their parents.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

If you have a squeamish stomach, or if the subject matter is too uncouth for you, then please read no further, because I'm going to talk potty.

No, not dirty. Potty. Like in toilet. Latrine. Commode. The Head. Hopper. The John. Lavatory. Loo. Necessary. Outhouse. Porcelain Throne. Pot. Privy. Reading Room. Restroom. Throne. Water Closet. Little Girl's Room. Just a few of the 101 names for the potty that I could find online.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's 4 p.m. on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon, and I'm sitting in the dentist's office, waiting to have a crown installed over a broken molar. I'm pretty relaxed this dental practice is known for its gentle manner and I'm soon drawn in to the real estate reality show on the flat screen television on the opposite wall.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time flies so fast that we do not realize it until we reach milestones that remind us of the flowing river we all travel together. It was almost seven years ago my wife, Katie, and I greeted a little baby girl named Kathryn in the hospital when the nurse placed her in her mother's loving arms.

This week we reached another milestone as my now almost 7-year-old little girl went to first grade for her first day of school. It was wonderful to be able to see this milestone in person, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

While I was listening to a recent Chuck Swindoll "Insight for Living" radio broadcast, he cited a statistic about what we call "domestic violence."

Two million cases of reported domestic violence involve some kind of weapon, he said.

At first I thought that sounded a little high until I thought about what we see each week in the police log. On the same day as Swindoll's broadcast, the police log in our local paper carried a story of two cases of family violence.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I see those four words in my Facebook news feed every night.

Every night for over a year now.

It is a message to an angel in Heaven that my friend Jim posts each night since the passing of his beautiful daughter, because he misses her terribly and his heart still aches for her.

Thirty-year-old Jennifer, who had a smile that "brightened the darkest days," waged war against cancer for three years before her body succumbed to the disease.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Autumn begins one month from now and I can't wait.

For me, it's all about the "F" words foliage, football and flea markets.

Truth is, I really don't mind leaving summer behind. Summer isn't special to me.

But fall brings the weather, sports and activity I relish.

Years ago, there was a lighthearted tune that encouraged us to head for the hills or go swimming because "It's summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime."

People rush to the shore in droves. But leave me out of it.

I've never been into shore worship, suntans or ocean culture.