I haven’t trudged like that since my walk to the principal’s office.  My shoulders sagged and my head drooped.  The parking lot seemed a mile wide.  I called my wife, Hun.
“We’re loading up.”
“How’d Maggie do?  You sound beat.”
“Got my butt kicked, but she nailed it.”
I fumbled my car keys, slumped …

15 April 2014  Parent and Kids

No one knows the hour nor day. 
 I’m not referring to prophecy, but to an odd situation everyone invariably suffers, whether you’re a high school kid on a date, an adult preparing to deliver a sales pitch, or God forbid, before a job interview.  At some point we’ve all had …

2 April 2014  Parent and Kids

I’ve had a dose of writer’s block this past week.  After spending many hours, and seven drafts, on a particular piece I decided to round-file that story.
This quote seems to fit:  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a damn fool …

29 March 2014  Words of wisdom

Published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph & Hockey Player Magazine (2012)
“I thought this may interest you,” the email said.  In the subject heading was a name, Wayne Marshall, my high school hockey coach.  I expected the worst, to see an obituary. 
I was relieved when I read …

12 March 2014  Sports

“You stink.”
No, it wasn’t an old hockey coach griping about my lousy shot, but another person of high esteem.  My wife, Hun, pinched her nostrils while Kate sprang for the Lysol®.
“It’s bad.  The dogs howl and the cats hide when you’re around.  Birds no longer visit the feeder.  You’ve become …

27 February 2014  Parent and Kids

“My wife and I are trying to live within our means.  We went from a $750,000 house to a $350,000 house, and didn’t even have to move.”
Will Durst, American political satirist, b 1952
### PS Readers: I recently interviewed Will Durst as part of my Humor Project.  The article is in …

“My career doesn’t seem to be that it was one.  But it’s been fun.”
 Patrick McManus, Outdoor writer, columnist and New York Times best-selling author
 We met at a Spokane restaurant two weeks before his 80th birthday.  I arrived the night before, after a 15-hour, 800-mile drive.  I imagined meeting a burly …

The adult arm weighs eight pounds, about five percent of one’s body weight.  Thanks to my holiday junk food diet, I’m that much heavier.  I awoke this morning and had an epiphany: I still have the same arms.  The calories must have flowed further south.
I know better, but I’ll binge …

24 January 2014  Health

(Hockey Player Magazine, January 2014)
Seven percent isn’t bad.  It depends on your point of view.
Consider weight loss.  If I was seven percent lighter I’d weigh a svelte 162 pounds, not bad for a guy fending off love handles and sagging breasts.  Seven percent is a strong return on stocks given …

9 January 2014  Sports

No matter where you are at any given moment today it’s either tomorrow or yesterday somewhere else.  Years ago I visited Sweden which is nine hours ahead of California.   I returned to work and a colleague handed me a fax sent from Stockholm.  He pointed to the date and time.
“Here’s …

30 December 2013  Holidays,Parent and Kids
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