Panic Attack

“Tell me what the symptoms are and if I don’t have them, I’ll get them for you.” I actually said that to my doctor and he smiled, not because he thought it was a joke but, because he knew it was the truth. When you’re a borderline hypochondriac, it’s hard to distinguish the real from […]

Temptation

I figured I was going to hell because disgust would not have been my reaction. I was a normal 16-year-old boy with raging hormones and my Sunday school teacher was explaining the story of Joseph and his master’s wife. For those of you who do not know the story, Joseph was a Hebrew slave in ancient Egypt […]

Regrets

Unlike Sinatra, I have had a lot of regrets – way more than I would care to mention. The earliest regret I can remember is asking my Mom to take me over to play at Pam Clark’s house when I was in kindergarten. The unmerciful teasing by my classmates for having a girlfriend still hurts […]

Fight or Flight or Another Way

In the first chapter of her autobiography Sipping Tea with Buddha and Christ , Alexa Benson-Valavanis tells the story of an old man in London who was trapped in a dead end alley by three young men. Certain that he would be beaten and robbed, and knowing that “fight or flight” were not viable options, he searched […]

Invest Like a Girl

“Can I talk with your better half?” was the caller’s request to my sister-in-law.  She replied, “Speaking.”  Not long ago, my wife, upon leaving for a prolonged stay with one of our daughters, uttered a similar self-evident truth. “You would starve to death with a full refrigerator if I weren’t around.” I appreciate how much […]

Long Term

“Who do you think is the most financial secure person in the world?” It was a question I asked finance students when I was invited to speak at the local university. It was the mid-1980s and at that time one of the professors had me and other professionals talk to his graduating seniors about careers […]

Shake, Rattle and Roll

“You might want to set that bag down.” His voice startled me, but it was his tone and mannerism that really surprised me. He didn’t seem the least bit nervous. As a matter of fact, he seemed amused by my obvious apprehension. I couldn’t figure out how he could be so calm while I was […]

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

“Stupid is as stupid does,” is a memorable line from the Forrest Gump movie. The quote is a play on an old Southern expression, “beauty is as beauty does,” which means true beauty is as dependent on how a person acts as it is on how they look. Likewise, being stupid has very little, if […]