I pity Hallmark.

When you put down one mother, you’re putting down mothers all over the world.        Mr. T.

Mr. T

Even Mr. T. dresses for Mothers Day. Look, an entire shirt. (Image via Wikipedia)

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Has Mom ever asked for anything more than for you to be good? I’ll be fifty this year, that’s still what mine asks for. Perhaps one year I ought to try it, but maybe not this year.

Is just being good enough? I don’t think so. I’m guessing you don’t either.

Every year brings a never-ending battle  to find the right gift, the right sentiment on Mothers Day. Let’s face it, there’s no way to give or say enough to the woman who can’t give enough, is there? Read the rest of this entry »


“And yea, though the Hindus speak of Karma…”

“O God, ease our suffering in this, our moment of great despair…

The doorknob is incidental to the story. I just wanted a picture with the word escutcheon on it.

Last weekend I had to run to the hardware store to fix something around the house. I seem to do that a lot. This time I had to replace the lock on the front door. Did you know they break? Me neither. So let’s summarize, shall we? Locks break, new locks live at the hardware store, in the big shopping center one exit up the interstate.

As I approached a large department store at the opposite end of the shopping center, an older woman and her mother walked out and stood to cross the street to the parking area. I stopped to let them pass because that is how I roll…or do not roll, as the case may be. Read the rest of this entry »


Mark Twain calls the Kentucky Derby

Reposting something I wrote after last year’s Kentucky Derby. Sometimes, amazing happens.

Truth is stranger than Fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.  – Mark Twain

This past weekend I had the chance to travel with some great friends for the sole purpose of traveling with great friends. We hit the beach, then bounced to another town for a concert. I am convinced that there are few pleasures greater than those  opportunities we have to relax and enjoy those we’re close to, be they family, or those we’d choose as family.  We had a great time, a lot of laughs, and some beer.

All right. More than just some beer.

In the course of the weekend, one of our beer drinking stops was at a restaurant to watch part of the hockey playoffs. The game went the right way, the beer was cold and the laughs kept coming. After the game, coverage of the Kentucky Derby came on. Read the rest of this entry »


Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

Tuesday morning, I went to a local bagel shop for breakfast. It is part of my workday routine. I stood waiting for my order when I saw something I never thought I would actually see. Read the rest of this entry »


Say it with me and learn…”yes ma’am.”

Going slightly political here.

I spotted on the news that Rush Limbaugh responded to a statement made by John McCain’s 97 year old mother. Apparently Mrs. McCain dared make a remark that indicated essentially she and Limbaugh did not agree.

The response  on his part was shameful. Whether she is right, Limbaugh is right, or a completely different side is right in this or any other discussion, Read the rest of this entry »


Playing For Change

One Love, One Heart
Let’s get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One Love)
So shall it be in the end (One Heart) – Bob Marley

I have recently caught on to the work of Playing For Change, a non profit using music as a fund raising tool for their work of nurturing the growth and development of musicians all over the planet. The music created by Playing For Change also serves a symbol of the interconnectedness of people across cultures.

The first time I saw the Playing For Change video that I am including at the bottom of this post, Read the rest of this entry »