When you see yourself somewhere in my experiences, or I raise an emotion in you—that is when I have done my job as a writer. Writers do not leave their dirty laundry behind closed doors. It is our job to show you who we are, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. … More
Christmas is a time for miracles Dear Santa, Hi, I hope you have been well since I last wrote. I know, it has been too long, my fault not yours. Fifty-five, sixty years or so? Time flies! I could give you some lame excuse; life gets in the way, busy at the office, bla-bla-bla. You … More
I was 11 when my father died. He passed on the last day of September 1965. From that day on, my mother raised my two sisters and me on her own. There was help from the extended family from time to time, but she did all the grunt work required to raise three kids. She … More
Strategies for the chaos I am getting worn down by 2020. It has been a year full of scary stuff, COVID, racial atrocities, unrest in the streets, and a charged political scene—you can’t possibly hide from it all. We have lost so many simple pleasures. There are so many things I miss. I want to … More
I knew Better But Did Nothing I have been having a tough time deciding what to write about lately. With all that is going on in the world, that may be hard to believe. Between the pandemic and a contentious election heating up, I should have plenty. It is not writer’s block, its something else. … More
God is Big Enough I entered Catholic school in September of 1959. Ike was President, and Camelot was more than a year away. Some say it was an innocent time-I am not so sure. Sisters of Charity taught us. They wore a full-length black habit and a black bonnet. Some were stern and demanding, others … More
I served in the US Army from 1976 thru 1979. It was a time when most American Soldiers spilled more beer than blood. That was the case with me. I spent my entire tour in West Germany. There were still two Germanys then, East and West. I was in the Military Police. Part of the … More
The American people are arguing about something new. You would think there was enough already. The issue this time; facemasks. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, local governments are requiring their use in public places. The scientific community is in agreement. Masks slow the spread of the virus. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World … More
Father LeBar was a strange man. He never seemed comfortable, uptight. Never laughed, I can’t remember him ever even smiling. Maybe he did I just don’t recall. Nobody liked him much. So, what does the monsignor do with this guy? He put him in charge of the altar boys. I know, right? Do you know … More
When the student is ready, the master will appear. Until my early forties, I struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction. Like a yoyo, I was in and out of rehab and twelve-step programs. I had lost almost everything. I was divorced, estranged from my kids, my friends were gone, I was unemployable. I frustrated … More
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