"I may be the only graduate who has to use a cane to walk across the stage to get my diploma. But I am going to get it. Finally."

ValueSpeak

Apr
23

Not too long ago my friend – we’ll call her Geri – finished taking her final college exams. She has earned her degree one or two classes at a time. Her grandchildren are very proud. That’s right – grandchildren. Geri is in her 60s. “I may be the only graduate who has to use a [...]

Apr
17

Ollie and I have a strange and wonderful relationship. I think it’s strange to have a pet that is definitionally wild. Ollie thinks it would be wonderful to eat me. Strange. And wonderful. That’s us. Jon, our youngest child who lives at home while going to college, has wanted a dog ever since he was [...]

Apr
10
Posted at 3:01 am

Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs – 8-year-old Josh – started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends. Josh talked about everything and anything along the trail, including a few things his mother [...]

Apr
03
Posted at 1:18 am

It was about this time of year when I saw my father for the last time. He was 93 years old at the time, and Alzheimer’s had taken away most of his tremendous capacity and capability. During the last few years of his life I re-wrote his obituary three times. Each time we thought something [...]

Mar
27

Mike was hurting. No doubt about it. His right foot was aching, way more than usual. It doesn’t really matter precisely why his foot was aching – there were an assortment of reasons medical, physiological and athletic. What matters is it was sore. And Mike was hurting. “You really need to see the doctor about [...]

Mar
20
Posted at 4:46 am

You’ve doubtless seen the symptomology all around you this week. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself: eyes glazed over. Fingers trembling. Uncontrolled twitching of facial muscles and limbs. Occasional panic attacks followed by outbursts of joy and/or rage. It’s March Madness, a 64-tiered malady from which there appears to be no recovery until the last bacon-wrapped [...]

Mar
13
Posted at 2:00 am

There was only one thing I didn’t like about Mom’s corned beef and cabbage. The cabbage. The corned beef part was great. I didn’t even mind the fact that it was cooked with the cabbage. I could deal with that. But the cabbage part … no way. Not that I had anything against cabbage. Mom’s fresh coleslaw was crispy [...]

Mar
06
Posted at 6:38 am

I love Anita’s voice. Really. I do. After her eyes, her smile and her meatloaf, her voice may be my favorite thing about her. Just not in the morning, when it’s still dark outside. Like this morning. “Honey? Are you ready to go walking?” Uh, let’s see. I’m in bed. The lights are off. My [...]

Feb
27
Posted at 3:12 am

March 1 is St. David’s Day. It’s a very big day in Wales. Of course, most of us are not in Wales. If we were I would be saying, “Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus.” That’s “Happy St. David’s Day” in Welsh. Oh, and I’d probably be saying it over a bowl of cawl, a stew [...]

Feb
20
Posted at 5:37 am

I have always enjoyed getting my hair cut. Even as a kid, I don’t remember complaining about getting a haircut until about ninth grade, when I was more interested in trying to impress girls with my long, curly locks than I was in maintaining my comfortable, functional buzz cut. I think I came by it [...]