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 […]

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 […]

Being Human

I have only used an ATM machine three times in my life, never without help, and oddly, never in the same country. For some reason, I have a phobia about engaging in financial transactions with machines. That’s why I was so nervous recently about an upcoming trip. I had to go to San Francisco, which […]

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 […]