It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."
Prior to joining the US Post Office four years ago, I spent nearly three decades in retailing management. Retailing has it good and bad points, and I became convinced that it’s definitely a career meant for the young and healthy. But, that’s not what this post is about. This is a true story about […]Read more "Bill the Accidental Racist"
I had spinal surgery during the morning of April 4, 2019. I spent three nights at UAMS, a teaching hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, about thirty-five minutes or so from my driveway when traffic is favorable (which is seldom). Now, I am back home and on the mend. My surgeon fused several thoracic discs that […]Read more "Back Surgery (2019)"
I’m still on vacation from the Post Office as I type this. We spent the first half of my time off visiting Puerto Rico for a few days. While we were on the island, we celebrated my lovely wife Sharon’s birthday (a gentleman doesn’t reveal a lady’s age, but I’ll give you a hint: […]Read more "Puerto Rico 2019 — You Can’t Go Home Again"
I’ve never been one to be late. For anything. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been concerned with being on-time. To school. To work. To social engagements and doctor appointments. If I said I was going to be at a certain place at a certain time, I tried my damndest to make […]Read more "Running Late (Thoughts on Tardiness and Dr. Phil)"
When I was a child, my Nanny and Granddaddy—my mother’s parents—had a few magnets on their refrigerator. You know the type I mean. They are a staple of grandparent chic. I remember that one of my grandparents’ magnets said something like “Smile. People Will Wonder What You’re Thinking” which is as true today as […]Read more "Refrigerator Magnets (on hobbies and memories)"
I know it may not seem like it, but I took a few vacation days at the beginning of this month. My wife Sharon and I flew to Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent a few days in that location. Why Salt Lake City, you ask? It’s a bucket list thing. Not SLC, specifically. But, […]Read more "Salt Lake City, Utah – 2018"