Keep Your Eye On The Ball

I write a lot of letters to my family. My book (“Can Openers: Essays on Life and Love”) is a result of those letters. I wanted to collect all of my letters, and all of my writings, in one place. I used my first book to do that. I always write a letter to my […]

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My Identity Cannot Be Stolen

Recently there has been news coverage about a security breach at Equifax. 143 million people may have had some of their personal information stolen, including credit card numbers, social security numbers, and passwords. I have experienced “identity theft” twice. It isn’t fun. It also isn’t surprising, because my social security number is everywhere. It exists […]

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Bug Duty

Almost everyone has a phobia. For my family, that phobia is bugs. My daughter sent me this screen shot from the Internet, which describes what bug phobia looks like in my house: Because my family has a bug phobia, I am in charge of Bug Duty. “Bug Duty” means that I need to drop whatever […]

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Pedestals

I was walking through Philadelphia yesterday, and I passed a statue. Statues have been in the news a lot lately. Cities and towns all over the United States are engaged in conversations about who is/isn’t appropriate to be celebrated with a statue. I spent the rest of the day thinking about why we put people […]

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When An Intruder Breaks In

“What was that?” It was the middle of the night in February 1993.  Theresa and I were sound asleep, and were woken suddenly by loud noises above us. “What was that?” At first it sounded like someone was walking on the roof.  There was definitely movement above us.  Footsteps. The next sound that I heard […]

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Never Again

One week ago, there was a march in Charlottesville, Virginia called “Unite the Right”. At that march, attendees brought torches, Nazi flags, white supremacist flags, and as much hatred as they could muster. The head of the Ku Klux Klan attended. At the end of the day, one of the attendees rammed his car into […]

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A Really Bad Investment

I invest in something called the Standard & Poors 500 Index, also known as “the S&P 500”. It is a “shopping basket” of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the world. Five years ago, the S&P 500 was trading at 1390. This week, it was trading at 2476. That means that the value of […]

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Beat The Traffic

I have experienced some incredible traffic jams.  Some of my worst examples: On the way to a Grateful Dead concert (July 4, 1987), my friend Alan, Theresa and I got caught in the mother of all traffic jams. We exited I-95 (about 4 miles from the stadium) 5 hours before show time. We did not […]

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My First Book Donation

When I announced the publication of my book (Can Openers:Essays About Life and Love), I promised that I would donate all of the proceeds to Philadelphia area charities. I made my first donation to TE Care, a Chester County non-profit that Theresa and I work with.  Details about them can be found at TECare.org. I […]

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Spider Webs

I go to a park near our home at least once a week. I take my dog there (or maybe he takes me there, I’m not sure). There is a walking trail about one mile long. There is an ice house on the trail. Ice houses were structures built before the invention of refrigerators. They […]

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