"Maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be." -- Miguel de Cervantes

ValueSpeak

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 [...]

Feb
13
Posted at 1:18 am

I first noticed Anita – really noticed her – at a church Valentine’s Day dance. OK, so I wasn’t the only one. Pretty much every other guy at the dance noticed her, too. How could you not? She was amazing. And not just because she was beautiful, with her shoulder-length blonde hair, her larger-than-life eyes [...]

Feb
06
Posted at 6:57 am

The doctors called it “failure to thrive.” What that meant for little Benji is he wasn’t putting on any weight. He was eating well and doing all the things a newborn is supposed to do. He seemed to be in good health, generally. He had even grown a couple of inches in length. But when [...]

Jan
30
Posted at 3:08 am

As far as I could tell, there was only one problem with Super Bowl I. The Green Bay Packers weren’t green. They were blue. And even though I had never before seen a professional football game live and in living color, I had read enough from my subscription to Sports Illustrated to know that the [...]

Jan
22
Posted at 11:19 pm

Nile isn’t a good speechwriter – he’s a great speechwriter. He works in an industry that isn’t really known for elegant syntax and passionate prose. The people with whom he works are super smart, and amazing at being able to figure stuff out. But put them in front of an audience to explain that stuff [...]

Jan
09
Posted at 2:38 am

I’m a sucker for lists. I see a list on some website – you know, the 25 best this, or the 10 worst that – and I’m on it, pointing and clicking feverishly until I’ve consumed every bit of ordered information. I even have a list about lists. It’s called The Top Three Things I [...]