The wind felt different that October night in 1994. Love was in the air and it blew my way above the Tennessee river to where I was standing at the entrance to the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga. This bridge has a history. Designed by Engineer, Edwin Thatcher, it was erected in 1890. The walking […]

If you remove the first three letters of NOVEMBER and replace them with REM, it becomes REMEMBER. Isn’t that what November is all about? Remembering what you and I are (or should be) thankful for. The season of Thanksgiving. But, is it really about how “you” or “I” have been blessed? I get a little […]

You go outside to clear your head, but when you come back inside, it still feels like you’re in a fog. You get in the car and drive away for a change of scenery, but it seems like you’re stuck in a cul-de-sac of endless emotions that keep spinning in your head. Exercise on the […]

Sometimes, the most moving experiences in life are the unexpected ones. You walk up on them by chance, or do you? One fall morning, my wife and I left our hotel room in downtown San Antonio, Texas and entered the elevator in search of coffee, while our youngest daughter slept. We sat on the couch […]

The character Violet Crawley, from Downtown Abbey, is known for her snippy remarks. In an episode from the PBS television series, she stares at another woman who’s standing at a distance, and then says, “She’s cracked!” Violet was telling the truth about all of us.  Leonard Cohen’s poem says it all: Ring the bells That […]

I love practical jokes, except when they backfire! One day I thought I would scare our office secretary named Faye. In my preparation, I asked another lady friend if I could borrow an old purse and a pair of older dress shoes. I got a funny look. I assured her it wasn’t for me.  Before […]

In the back of every Men’s Journal magazine there is a section called The Last Word. In the September 2019 issue, Lester Holt, of NBC Nightly News was interviewed and asked, “What advice would you give your younger self?” His response was interesting. “Keep a journal.”  More than once, I’ve heard people say: “My entire […]