sketchy

Last night, on my way out the door to grab a late snack with my young friend Ben, I noticed that trash had accumulated in the kitchen.  Two full bags sat beside the garbage can, along with a couple of empty cardboard boxes.  Time for a dumpster run.  So, using every one of my fingers, I held and...


his and hers name tags

what's in a name

Choosing a name for a baby is no mean feat.  In fact, today it’s got its own market.  Considerations include the meaning of a name, its country of origin, how it sounds with a certain middle name, whether a beloved family member past or present held the name, which famous (or infamous)...


door knobs

Door knobs are funny.  Have you ever looked into one?  Long before computers stole hours of free time and Internet space by providing face-warping apps, door knobs were doing it up.  Innies.  Outies.  Dodecagons.  It’s like having mini fun-house mirrors right in your very own home. My...


the difference

In yesterday’s post, I talked about not letting new experiences be weighed down with negative expectations caused by old experiences.  That requires developing a knack for seeing the differences between two things.  Two events.  Two people. Noticing takes practice.  But beyond noticing,...


gun shy

Some of you will recall that, a little over two weeks ago, I took a trip from Boston to North Carolina.  By way of quick summary, this involved driving down and flying back.  The trip down, which would already have been long at 16 hours, turned into 27+ hours when the car’s transmission...


pickles

A brother and sister I know had been having some issues with one another.  They had found each other particularly irritating as of late.  They argued more.  They just weren’t communicating.  Each of them had dissolved to tears over it one day while I was there, having had yet another blow...


things that suck

Some time back, a roommate of mine came out of his bedroom early one morning, went into the bathroom and soon exited holding a wad of tissue paper to his mouth.  He hadn’t yet shaved for the day, so it wasn’t a razor nick.  Had he bitten his tongue in his sleep?  I inquired. He...


kermit

My seventeen-year friendship with Bud and Dib got off to a fast and furious start.  The first day I met them, we had lunch.  And for the next year or two, I was at their house nearly every night until 2:00 AM.  Often, it was more like 3:30.  And we had jobs! Bud would usually be the first to...


ducking

You could have the patience of Job.  You could be helpful, kind and polite.  You could be a good listener.  You could be the nicest person in the world.  And there are still going to be people you’d rather avoid. You know what I’m talking about.  You’re halfway down the aisle...


tell me more

So maybe you’re feeling challenged lately to be a better listener – shining the spotlight a bit more on others and a bit less on yourself.  Great!  But what do you do when other people just aren’t the talkative type? :: cue the crickets :: Certainly that is the right time to fill...