2014

In just a few moments, gunshots will ring out across the city. Police sirens will fill the night air, illegal fireworks will light up the sky, shouting from nearby houses and apartments will commence and the new year will begin with a bang. Literally. That’s Anaheim for you. I enjoyed a bit of Dirty Dancing […]

Gusto.

I was reminded tonight that whatever I put in to something needs to give the same in return. Specifically, I was told that I’m deserving of gusto. Gusto. Great enjoyment, energy and enthusiasm. I agree. It’s so easy to wake up each day and put your heart into that which matters to you. So long as […]

The Wrong and Right

Leave it to me, my brother and his wife to have a deep discussion on Christmas Eve. Really, there’s no better time for it. Wine is open, conversation is flowing, and memories are being recalled. We landed upon a topic that is true for any area of our life. “Good students learn from their mistakes. […]

The Upside to Assumption

It was bad enough that I was in one of my least favorite places on the planet, but the tech at my doctor’s office couldn’t resist going the extra mile. “So, how old are your kids?” she asked. In the few moments we’d been in the same airspace, I’d said nothing about kids or family. Had she been […]

Movie Magic

Anyone been watching Hallmark Channel this season? If you have, maybe it’s because you’ve watched it before. Me, this is my first season. Newsflash (or maybe not so much): I’m a crier. Therefore, my newfound channel is, in fact, made for me. Tonight’s feature, Christmas in Conway, has it all: a story that tugs at […]

Save the Best

It’s probably not a large number compared to what others have, but somewhere between Newark and LAX I decided to use my time wisely by deleting as many of my 1,700 pictures as possible. I guess you could call it a premature spring cleaning. The great thing about the iPhone, even though I took forever to warm up to it, […]

Here we go.

It’s that time of year again. With the beginning of December and all things festive comes the annual year-end trip to New York City. Le sigh. Each of my three employers over the last eight years has had a reason for such a trip. And while you’d think I’d enjoy the The Empire State around […]

Unlikely.

It was somewhat of a surprise that the baby rhino had been orphaned. But it was an even bigger shock when it befriended a warthog. In Ireland, Doogie the lone dolphin befriends Ben the Lab. Both swim for hours, though one will never tire. The other will draw from the dolphin’s energy, occasionally getting a […]

Game-changing truth.

It’s a game-changer. We’ve all heard the phrase before. But sometimes it comes down to not trying to change the game, but your game. Nobody reinvents this game. So goes the line in Moneyball. It might be true if you’re talking about the general perception of something. The majority’s perception. What the commonly held belief […]

The Puzzle.

So I have a dilemma, but not. I’d radio the problem into Houston, if I could, but it’s not really that, either. A coworker told me today it’s simply more of a puzzle. I thought about this for a while. She’s right. Consider this: everything in our lives is a puzzle. Some are simple, familiar […]