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"
In our home office, we have a deep, relatively narrow walk-in closet that the previous owners of the house lined with shelves. The former residents may have used it to store shoes, as far as I know. But, for me, it presented a space, after many years of moving heavy cardboard boxes, to display most […]Read more "Books on My Shelves That I Haven’t Read Yet (But I’m Not Sure Why Not)"
Ronnie James Dio, who was, at different stages of his career, the lead singer for Rainbow, Black Sabbath (and its later incarnation as Heaven & Hell), and also had a successful solo career as simply Dio, died of gastric cancer in 2010 at the age of 67. His wife began the Ronnie James Dio Stand […]Read more "Ronnie James Dio Made Me Get My First Colonoscopy"
Exactly one week ago, Sharon and I returned from our second cruise ship vacation. Our first was last year, and we had a blast. This year we returned to the Caribbean on the Carnival Breeze, again in the company of one of our oldest mutual friends and her sister. We didn’t get to disembark […]Read more "Cruising Again: Caribbean 2018"
When asked where I’m from, I can say, honestly, that I’m from South Carolina, the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788, and the first state to secede from the Union in 1860. Both of my parents were South Carolinians. I graduated from the University of South Carolina (Go, Gamecocks!). I spent […]Read more "My Hometown"
I called into work this morning because I’m grieving for an old friend who passed away last night. At four o’clock this morning, to be exact. And, he passed away because we gave the doctor permission to end his life. We paid the doctor to end his life. I kept wanting to write “to kill […]Read more "Q"
For my birthday about three weeks ago, the beautiful Sharon, who is my wife, and I boarded The City of New Orleans train in Memphis, Tennessee, and rode it all the way down to—you guessed it—New Orleans. We wanted to do this as far back as 2001, when we lived in Memphis, but we never […]Read more "Riding on The City of New Orleans (Birthday Memoir 2017)"