Need a Second Chance?

Anybody who ever failed a test longed for a second chance … one more night to study … one more chance to make the grade. Those who have suffered the agony of a failed romance or marriage look back at hurtful things they said or did and wish they could undo the harm. But they […]

What Are You Afraid Of?

Men have a tendency to isolate themselves. Our culture admires independent tough-guys like Dirty Harry, Rambo, Terminator, Robocop, and James Bond. Nobody gives an inch. Nobody opens up. Nobody gets hurt. (I looked for some current tough-guys and Wesley Snipes, Tom Cruise, Russell Crow and Mel Gibson came to mind but they don’t seem to […]

I’m 63 Today

For the next 364 days when I take the platform at a speaking engagement, after an introduction, I’ll sometimes say, “I’m 63 today.” The audience will break out in applause, some will shout out a, “Happy Birthday,” and who knows, a band may strike up the Happy Birthday song and everyone will join in singing […]

Tapping Blue Jays

Just the other day, while I was working in my home office, there was a blue jay on my roof, banging away on an unshelled peanut he’d taken from the bird feeder on the back deck. It was the sort of tapping that can’t be ignored, especially if you know the damage a jay’s beak […]