something nice to say

From the time we were in Kindergarten, we've heard the old saying: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." While I agree with this bit of advice on a certain level, it seems to focus on what not to say.  That is, it is phrased in the negative.  Usually spoken by way…


hum

It's amazing what you can hear when you really listen. As summer slowly surrenders to fall, I've noticed that the nocturnal hum of tree frogs, which emanated so raucously from the surrounding woods only a month ago, has grown fainter and fainter.  I stop to take it in, as I will do every evening –…


fallen

Saturday, I woke to find a message waiting on my cell.  It had come in a couple of hours beforehand.  It was my mother.  She was on her way to the hospital, letting me know that my Nana had taken a fall.  She didn't know anything more. My heart was immediately in my throat, imagining the worst.…


regret

In [my recently released] book The Best Advice So Far, I talk about my first kiss.  And while it was my first kiss in the sense of romance, it wasn't strictly my "first kiss." In grade school, those of us waiting for delayed parents would find various amusements.  One such day in fourth grade (and…


the lookout

In writing The Best Advice So Far (the forthcoming book and this blog), I can't tell you the number of times I am greeted with comments and questions like these: How do you keep thinking of things to write about?  I'd run out of things to say! I've never met as many interesting people in my life…


Confucius on real knowledge and ignorance: lightning over the ocean

storm

The last week or so has certainly been colorful around here.  Final cookout and beach plans.  College students heading off in over-packed vehicles.  Friends having babies. Oh – and a hurricane.  I do love some wild weather. Those of us on the East Coast had a friendly visit from Irene.  Honestly,…