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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 [...]

Dec
29
Posted at 11:40 am

I don’t mean to be morbid or anything, but what if the Mayan calendar is right? Of course, I realize that there is considerable disagreement about whether or not the Mayan calendar actually predicts the end of the world due to “cataclysmic events” (like collisions with black holes, asteroids or a planet called “Nibiru”) on [...]

Nov
16
Posted at 12:17 pm

The recent re-release of Disney’s “The Lion King” (3D! Blu-ray! Diamond Edition 2-disc set!) takes me back to the day Anita and I took our five children to see the animated film when it was released in 1994. Even with a 2-year-old in tow, the cinematic experience was pretty overwhelming. I don’t know what came [...]

Oct
05

It hit me while I was eating lunch the other day.  I was sitting there looking at what I’d ordered – a double cheeseburger with pastrami, a large order of onion rings and a diet soft drink – and I wondered if anyone else could see the inconsistency in front of me. I’m about to [...]

Aug
18
Posted at 4:38 pm

There are a lot of things I don’t understand. Like Lady Gaga, for example.  I don’t get it. And NASCAR (Hello? Left turns?). And “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” – who are these people and why should I be keeping up with them? And I don’t have the least idea why a respectable publishing house [...]

Jul
19
Posted at 4:01 pm

“That’s it! I’m through! I’ll not take another step!” William threw his tired teenage body to the ground in the sparse shade of the first tree they had seen in several days. Caroline stood beside him anxiously, torn between love and loyalty for her older brother and the fact that the pioneer wagon train was [...]

Jul
14
Posted at 9:41 pm

There’s no other way to say this: I screwed up. Three weeks into a new job, and I make a mistake that my boss calls “extremely embarrassing” in a company-wide e-mail – which, by the way, he writes because he feels he needs to explain that what I did is something no one on the [...]