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Looking Back

Mar
22
Posted at 12:21 pm

Janelle was running late for work, so she just had time for a quick look at herself in the mirror as she was going out the door. What she saw there made her stop dead in her tracks. Her white blouse was — shudder! — wrinkled. Normally, this would not be a huge problem for [...]

The one thing Cory could always do on a basketball court was shoot free throws. Even after rehabilitating from the stroke he suffered late in his freshman year at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, he could still drain free throws.  A 5-11 point guard who scored more than 1,000 points in his high school playing career, shooting [...]

Feb
02
Posted at 12:13 pm

I need to make a confession. I know, this isn’t the time or place. I can’t help it. I need to get this off my chest. Now. I cheated. There. I said it. It’s out there, in front of Google and everybody. I’m a cheater. I looked at the 2012 Super Bowl commercials BEFORE the [...]

Sep
28
Posted at 5:05 pm

I don’t really know Rachel all that well – just enough to know that she is Jewish. So when I bumped into her the other day, our conversation turned quickly to that subject. I had been doing some research on the Jewish High Holy Days, which began this week with Rosh Hashanah. “I always thought [...]

Jun
16
Posted at 9:20 pm

This Father’s Day I’m going to be thinking about Greg. Not because he’s the world’s best or most experienced father. As this is being written, Greg has officially been a father for a grand total of 29 hours. But in that long day-plus-five-hours of fatherhood he has experience: the wondrous thrill of childbirth; the overwhelming [...]

Apr
28
Posted at 8:53 pm

I have almost nothing in common with Jake. He is a rough-hewn man. I am what you might call softly hewn. He lives a simple, slow-paced life in the country. My life is complicated and way too fast in a bustling metropolitan area. He is quiet and soft-spoken. I am . . . well . [...]

Apr
19
Posted at 8:48 pm

To tell you the truth, I’ve never really understood the whole Easter Bunny thing. Don’t get me wrong. I understand Easter. I understand what it represents, both theologically and culturally. I even understand that many have chosen to remove its religious implications and celebrate it simply as a rite of spring (including – brace yourself [...]

Apr
13

I wish I could tell you why we don’t get along. We just don’t. We worked on the same project for a few years. We went to the same meetings, we interacted professionally. She is brilliant – I always respected that. I out-ranked her in the project pecking order, and she never challenged that. I [...]

Feb
02
Posted at 10:46 pm

At our house there are basically three classifications of Super Bowl party attendees. First are those who are actually interested in the game.  In a sad bit of irony, it is generally true that those who are most interested in the Super Bowl game are the least interesting – and generally, most obnoxious – people [...]