Category: Philosophication

Shades of Black and White

It was late summer, 1979, and my friend Johnny was dying. Our star fullback in high school, heavyweight wrestling champ, all around BMOC, sat there before me, slumped, in a wheelchair in his parent’s Denver living room. His once chiseled, athletic frame was basically down to half of the 215 pounds he burst through opposing … Continue reading Shades of Black and White

A passed torch

A passed torch

I’ve become the old guys I grew up around. My youth was filled with a fascinating blend of old timers that I joyfully gleaned much of what I needed to know about life by just hanging around with all of them. They were mostly retired, blue-collar guys; my grandfather worked on an assembly line making […]

Showing some resolve

“When a person is accountable to someone else for doing what they said they would do, they get stuff done. They make changes they’ve been toying with for years. They reach their goals.” - Shana Montesol Johnson Accountability. People can’t help you with achieving anything if they don’t know what you are trying to achieve. … Continue reading Showing some resolve

Onward

Faded are July’s warmth, summer’s cheers. Supplanted now by sundry, encroaching hints of cooler days; forgotten expectations, procrastinated chores now mothballed, he can only now muse without dwelling on what won’t be. Could-have-beens and maybes aren’t statistically meaningful; they never really were, except to others in relation to their expectations and dreams on his behalf.  … Continue reading Onward

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Motion pictures are a part of our culture – no more so than in the famous lines, rejoinders and catchphrases that immediately jump off the screen and into our cultural lexicon. Who among us hasn’t at one time described a strange situation with "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" or ‘Show … Continue reading “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

2015: Showing (and Telling) Some Resolve

“When a person is accountable to someone else for doing what they said they would do, they get stuff done. They make changes they’ve been toying with for years. They reach their goals.” - Shana Montesol Johnson Accountability. People can’t help you with achieving anything if they don’t know what you are trying to achieve. … Continue reading 2015: Showing (and Telling) Some Resolve

The Legend of Home Plato, Baseball Philosopher

“Opening day of baseball season is like the first night of your honeymoon. Once that first pitch smacks into the glove, everything and anything is possible. Plus, you get to live it all over three, four, five times or more that day and you go to sleep smiling” - Home Plato, Baseball Philosopher It is … Continue reading The Legend of Home Plato, Baseball Philosopher

HiDef

A new year tends to bring life into sharper focus. Failures and regrets of the year passed, feigned anticipatory enthusiasm for what lies ahead; milestones of various ilk, things left undone. Reflections in mirrors that are sometimes more fun house than Broadway dressing room predominate, preoccupy, border on and at times become, blind obsession. Metaphors … Continue reading HiDef

Aged to perfection

I felt like such a grown up Friday night. I’m fifty-two years old, but that’s how I felt spending time with an old friend talking into the wee hours of a July Saturday morning. My friend Mark lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and graciously opened his home to my wife, two sons and I for an … Continue reading Aged to perfection

Portability

Graduation from high school meant moving on, getting on with life, trying something new somewhere else – leaving Graduation gifts were practical to the situation; a typewriter, a briefcase, cash, sage advice… a contradictory set of luggage, gifted by mom and dad. Not wanting me to go, knowing I must; wary, hopeful, resigned questioning all … Continue reading Portability