Everything old is…

Everything old is…

New again! …I hope. Or else, what am I going to do with all those old, narrow ties and an almost-antique Polaroid camera that can’t spit out its chemical-soaked, cardboard pictures anymore, and even – if I can admit it without blushing – some old ‘70s flower-embroidered bell bottoms lurking in the back of my […]

Not all who wander…

Not all who wander…

“Not all those who wander are lost” is a line from J. R. R. Tolkien’s book, Lord of the Rings. The line describes a king named Aragorn who is destined to someday regain his lost, ancestral throne. He travels for years disguised as a wandering nomad to learn his enemies’ secret plans. There are three […]

Escape!

Escape!

What a concept! I think the other word for it is called Vacation! I hope your work-a-day world isn’t so crazy you really need to escape from it for vacation. But sometimes we do call it a “getaway,” right? People do some amazing things to get away for vacation. And sometimes the more extreme the […]

Whether it is a solemn and ancient tradition or only a silly superstition, almost everybody has heard the old rhyme so often chanted in a bride’s preparation for her wedding day: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. Silver sixpence pieces are hard to come by these […]

Alert! More Graduation Advice.

Alert! More Graduation Advice.

Sometimes, diplomas do not matter at all. So… Here’s some advice to new graduates. Sorry, kids, it comes with the congratulations and the parties. Parents, relatives and un-relatives alike can eavesdrop here, too, just for fun. Your diploma will not go looking for a job. A diploma does not take a paycheck home. A diploma […]

It’s all Greek to me!

It’s all Greek to me!

How did Greek get to be the symbol of anything somebody can’t understand? That’s not fair. After all, there are more than 6,900 languages in the world today… and I can’t understand any of them, with the possible exception of English. And sometimes I wonder about that. Consider these: All things considered, it’s a framework […]

It’s only dirt!

It’s only dirt!

But maybe it’s pay dirt. That’s what the famous 1849 California Gold Rush miners called that beautiful, glimmering gold dust they panned from a thousand crystal streams running down out of the Rocky Mountains. Gold dust, or any other old pile of nuggets they dug up, would pay a miner $20.60 for every single ounce, […]

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

The great sage of the baseball diamond, Yogi Berra, once said, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” So there you have it… everything you need to know in life you can learn playing baseball. But like life itself, it takes a lot to do it well. […]

Easy livin’ ain’t cheap…

Easy livin’ ain’t cheap…

Memorial Day. It’s the holiday that starts us out on another good old summer time, a time for vacations and picnics and back yard barbecues. It’s a day that brings families and friends together in a wonderful spirit of lightness and peace and freedom. But that freedom did not come cheap. Much of it came […]

I complained…

I complained…

…. because I had no shoes — wait for it — then I met a man who had no feet. It’s an old saying. You might have heard it before, but its message is evergreen: You and I are almost always better off than we think we are. The first time I heard that answer […]

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