Self Improvement

The older I get, the clearer it becomes that self-improvement is a complete waste of time! That sounds harsh, but please hear me out. Walk into any major bookstore. Odds are, the largest section is self-improvement, and the largest section within that area is diet plans. So let's test my theory out. Have you ever …

The Shape Of Time

I grew up in the 1960s in suburban America.  Like the rest of our neighbors, we had a 19" black and white TV, a phone attached to the wall, one family car, and no air conditioning. Let me put that last part into context. Daily summertime temperatures exceed 90 degrees in St. Louis.  My childhood …

Dog-Sitting

Allow me to begin with a confession. I am not the biggest fan of dogs!  I understand this shines a bad light on me, but it sets the stage for a story about our two-month dog-sitting experience. For those unfamiliar with having a new dog in the house, they're pretty much the same thing as …

Being Present

Remember back in school when the teacher droned on about some boring subject? The only way to survive was to escape. I remember a day in grade school when I did just that.   Staring out the window, I “checked out.” When the teacher called on me, I didn’t hear her the first, second, or …

How Was Heaven?

What if you died and found yourself standing in front of St. Peter, and the almighty asks, "How was heaven?" We spend our entire lives striving to get somewhere else. What if heaven is here and now? Shortly after I graduated from college and accepted their job offer, The Pillsbury Company moved into a new …

The Downside of Debate

I was on the debate team in school. The experience taught me there are two sides to every issue.  From that experience, I developed an appreciation for dialectical conversation or the search for truth from opposing views. Today I rarely take a stand on anything until I've heard both sides. Objective facts, logically presented, win …

Transitions

Life is constant change. Some are planned; others sneak upon us. What have been some of the most significant transitions in your life? For me, getting a driver's license was huge. In retrospect, it signaled the end of childhood. I will never forget my first solo outing behind the wheel and the pure exhilaration of …

Just Nine Words

I used to work for a large corporation.  One of the rewards of my job was young people seeking my opinion and listening to what I had to say. Considering the advice I might offer, a Winston Churchill Quote came to mind; “If I had more time to prepare, I would’ve made a shorter speech.”  …

Cats and Dogs

People who like pets generally fall into one of two categories, cat people or dog people. Some, I guess, enjoy both animals, but most people prefer one or the other. Have you ever noticed people resemble their pets? It's especially true for dog people. Cat people, on the other hand, sometimes display cat-like personalities. A …