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 […]

Don’t Push

Don’t Push

People wonder about climate change. What is it? Is it happening? Is it your fault, or my fault, or anybody’s fault? Or maybe the whole subject has just become too boring to argue about anymore. We’ll only go ‘round and ‘round again, picking sides and digging in our heels and settling nothing… again. Well, here’s […]

Adrenaline!

Adrenaline!

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” That’s what Mario Andretti said. He would know. He was one of the fastest drivers in the history of auto racing in America. So how about you? Is your heart beating today? I mean what’s happening today to get your adrenaline flowing? You have […]

Make it Cool

Make it Cool

Being cool, they say, is hard. Staying cool is even harder. So how do you get to be cool? If you want to go from square to cool…you will need to do more than change your shape and lower your temperature. That ain’t cool. Cool is actually a strange word to express a whole menagerie […]

Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger

We live in two worlds. In some ways they are at war with each other…and at times the kinder, gentler of them seems to be losing. A critic of our present day recently said, “Imagine if trees gave off Wi-Fi signals, we would be planting so many trees that we’d probably save the planet too. […]

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