Tag: wisdom

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 […]

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

Less torch, more…Coleman-lanternish.

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 … Continue reading Less torch, more…Coleman-lanternish.

Oracle

He was rugged, portly shaman in plaid-flannel couture, sleeves always rolled up to the elbow There are no mountaintops in Minnesota’s northwoods. Enlightenment there comes from atop a decaying tree stump aside a rustic leaf and pine needle carpeted trail cutting through towering birch, white pines, maple, oak You stop, to sit for a spell – … Continue reading Oracle