Details are Important

OK, so I will admit, I am not a detail person, and I mean that in a big way. I will look at things but I won’t see them. It might be days before I notice flowers on the table. I tend to live in the future. The expression, Stop and smell the roses was… Continue reading Details are Important

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my father’s birthday. This would have been his 100th. It has been twenty-five years since he left us. I miss him. I’m the youngest of three brothers. I recall my parents telling me that they were actually hoping for a girl when I was born. I appreciated their honesty. As my father said,… Continue reading Happy Birthday Dad

Sense of Humour

We have fewer human interactions than we did years ago. This is due to technologies such as ATM’s, self-serve check-outs, computer shopping, etc; however, we still have lots of opportunities to chat with strangers. For me anyway, it is always a pleasure to converse with a stranger who is willing to exercise his/her sense of… Continue reading Sense of Humour

Freezer Dough

I was chatting with an appliance repairman. I asked if he had any interesting stories to tell. He told me that one day he arrived at work to find that someone, during the night, offloaded a freezer in front of his shop. It was so close to the building that he had to move it… Continue reading Freezer Dough

“There are Worse Things to Happen”

Not long ago I had a conversation with an acquaintance. We’ve known each other for a long time. During our chat he informed me that his son had recently come out. I was curious, “How hard was it for him to tell you?” He gave me an account of the moment and the questions that… Continue reading “There are Worse Things to Happen”

Take me out to the Ballgame

I umpire Little League baseball. At the beginning of each match, and when I am behind the plate, I say to myself, For this game I am going to have everyone happy with each of my calls. By the third pitch I usually fail to attain that goal. Recently I was umping the bases for… Continue reading Take me out to the Ballgame

It’s a Dog’s Life

Last month I spent nine days in Ireland. I was travelling with two old friends. We rented a car and traveled much of the island, including time in Belfast. It was a great trip. One afternoon we were enjoying a pint in Galway. We were seated in the patio area. A couple with a dog entered… Continue reading It’s a Dog’s Life