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Don’t Give Up on Goals

Don’t Give Up on Goals Are you one the growing number of people who have given up on New Year’s resolutions because you’ll just break them anyway? Please, don’t give up on goals. I’m reminded of the old axiom, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” I totally get that. I have fallen […]

From a Writer’s Perspective: Best of 2016

From a Writer’s Perspective: Best of 2016 Okay, I’m going to confess that I don’t get as excited as many other bloggers about looking back to the previous year and writing about the highlights. It’s not that anything terrible happened to me personally this year or that my candidate didn’t win the election or that […]

Parent of the Year: Waiting by the Mailbox

Parent of the Year

Parent of the Year: Waiting by the Mailbox Sometimes I feel like such a failure as a parent. I’m convinced that at times parenting is the hardest, least appreciated job on the planet, and I feel pretty ill-equipped much of the time. I think I spend half my time waiting out by the mailbox. Maybe […]

The Star Tree: An Ornamental Story of a Small Town

The Ornamental Story of a Small Town The story of my hometown comes alive every year with the arrival of a new ornament for the tree that I refer to as “The Star Tree.” I don’t call it that because it is decorated with stars, though it is. No, it is because my hometown of […]

Hunter Brandt: Caught in the Middle

Hunter Brandt: Caught in the Middle Have you ever felt caught in the middle? Caught in the middle of two family members who can’t agree with one another? Caught in the middle of your own hopes and dreams and someone else’s expectations of you? Caught in the middle of your own values and those someone […]

Political Slogans Through the Lens of Story

Two Political Races Through the Lens of Story First, I’ll get my political perspective out on the table so you can place me in a box if you so desire. Here goes: I held my nose and voted. I did my civic duty. I wished that this race would have been like last year’s superintendent […]

Wait ’til This Year: An Ode to the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

Wait ‘til This Year: An Ode to the 2016 Cubs Hope springs eternal, The baseball sage once wrote, But he knew not of curses, Of Bartman…black cat…goat.   Cub fans held to next year When the Cubbies would be great, But next year turned to next year— Disappointment since ’08.   Miracle Mets and Marlins […]

Thank You, Chicago Cubs!

While this St. Louis Cardinals’ fan freely admits that a Chicago Cubs World Series win would be great for baseball, I confess that my letter of appreciation to those Chicago Cubs is not without ulterior motive. Thank You, Chicago Cubs The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 on […]