That Daughter of Mine

“I have heard that your first fall off of a horse may determine what kind of rider you will be.” I didn’t write that, my daughter Anna did. She continued: “My heart dropped as I watched Sally fall to the ground, but I knew I had to stand back and watch to see how she […]

Self-Centered, Certain, and Wrong

What I thought would be the most important event of the summer, my sixtieth birthday, turned out to be an afterthought. Starting off the chain of events that got in the way of my big day was the birth of our first grandson. He was named Dominic after his great-grandfather, although there was some discussion […]

Ya Think!

My wife and I used to receive compliments for being perfect parents… then our third child came along and no one ever mentioned that again. It wasn’t that she was bad, it was just that she had a different way of learning. Her oldest sister learned by logic. Sister number two learned by observing. And […]

Solving Problems

I hadn’t been applauded for kissing my wife and walking down an aisle since our wedding day.  However, this time the aisle in question was on an airplane instead of in a church.  And the mood was more factious than festive because a family had been split-up instead of joined together.  A mother (with infant […]

You Can’t Buy a Game

“You can’t buy a game.” Even though I know my brother-in-law is right, it hasn’t stopped me from trying. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you are obviously not a golfer. Golf is a hard game to master. It requires lots of practice. My brother-in-law, a former teaching and touring pro, told […]

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 […]

Maintaining Discipline

Not long ago I received an email from a niece, Claire, who robs trains on weekends. Actually she does Old West reenactments. This particular email related a conversation she had with the engineer of a locomotive she had just held-up. Having discovered in her genealogy pursuits that her great-great grandfather (my great-grandfather) had been killed […]