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A Man, His Truck, and the Road Not Traveled

A Man, His Truck, and the Road Not Traveled

With rear-wheel drive, snow is not our friend Life doesn’t always turn out the way you initially visualize it. My teen mind daydreamed about a flat in London, friends who said, “shaken, not stirred,” lunch dates with Emma Peel (replete in catsuit), and a Jaguar […]

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…

My mother just turned 80, and the family was together to celebrate not only the milestone but the lovely woman who wears it so well.  For clarification, of the two dolls in the above photograph, my mother is the one on the right. Born to […]

Resolution One: Err on the Side of Kindness

Resolution One: Err on the Side of Kindness

My alter ego, as captured by Iris Taboh I’m not perfect, never will be, but the first day of each new year arrives at my door with a fresh coat of potential–potential to be a better man. (Be assured, it’s more of a journey than […]

Happiness Is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Happiness Is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas was as much of a holiday tradition growing up as pulling taffy, baking sugar cookies and hanging stockings.  First airing in 1965, the TV special was groundbreaking; a melancholy melon-headed kid with a jazz-scored life dared to asked, “Isn’t there […]

ENTREES DES ARTISTES: Remembering Buzz

ENTREES DES ARTISTES: Remembering Buzz

Portrait of Love: Buzz, grandson Isaac, and Karin My life in this fine old farmhouse began several years ago, my arrival another chapter in its long history. I am not the first, nor will I be last to be sheltered by its walls or comforted […]

Honoring Veterans Every Day

Honoring Veterans Every Day

I grew up loving a veteran: my Dad, a larger than life man who flew jets from the time I could finger paint until the time I could vote. His Air Force career spanned three decades and covered the globe (sometimes with us, and sometimes […]

Kitchen Wisdom and Pantry Proverbs

Kitchen Wisdom and Pantry Proverbs

Am I a multi-tasker? Not so much. My early attempt to prove I could chew gum and jump rope at the same time ended with an hog-tied third grader sporting a cowlick caked in bubble gum. I know my limits, so in the kitchen I […]

Dandelion Wisdom

Dandelion Wisdom

Yesterday, I stood on my porch grousing about the legions of dandelions encamped on my lawn. Hours later, my goddaughter Isabel stood among them, delighting in their presence.  Where I saw weeds, she saw limitless bouquets.  Where I decried a villain, she beheld a beauty. Sometimes all you need is a bouquet of perspective to transform the irksome into the […]

An Urgent Message From My Lawn Chairs

An Urgent Message From My Lawn Chairs

 What friends won’t tell you, tensile strength and gravity will. When the universe speaks, it’s good to listen. Should you ignore the headsup, you may find yourself bottoms up, doused in your favorite beverage. (Truth be told, I managed to keep my sweet tea upright both times.) I could […]

Just Harvested My Last Crop of June Ice Cubes

Just Harvested My Last Crop of June Ice Cubes

Freshly-picked ice cubes: There’s nothing like the taste of homegrown. The topic of weather is rarely tabled here on the island. In fact, it’s usually the opener and the final word. “Some weather, eh?” The question is posed to friends and strangers alike whether we’re […]