Roman Numerals

(I wrote the following essay a couple of weeks ago, and for technical reasons, I never posted it. Between the time that I wrote it, and today (December 12, 2017), Carson Wentz tore his ACL.) —– I am a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. “Lifelong”, as in I have been attending Philadelphia Eagles games […]

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This I Believe

In the 1950s, there was a radio show called “This I Believe”. People wrote essays about things that they believed, and then had 5 minutes to read those essays on the radio. The show was very popular, and later became a series of best-selling books of the same name. I recently started an online seminar […]

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A Gordian Knot

I know a couple of people who are struggling with big life problems, including the loss of career (and the loss of income that goes along with a career), legal issues, financial issues, and relationship issues. These people are in a place where they are struggling to find workable solutions. Every solution seems to have […]

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Order! Order!

When I was young, I loved to open brand-new boxes of crayons. I loved the smell of the crayons and I loved the sharpener. I especially loved the organization of the box. Each crayon was perfect, and each row was perfectly aligned. That love of order has carried over into my adult life. There is […]

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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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