Brownie Wise

Brownie Wise Burps a Bowl

“I wanted to be a successful human being.”   Brownie Wise. It was 1947 and 34-year-old Brownie Wise found herself a divorced, single mom trying to scrape out a living. She … Continue Reading →


Winning Trophy

Another Day, Another Meaningless Win

“This is going to be close.”     Marcel Kittel. It’s July and the Tour de France is in full swing. The race is an incredible demonstration of athleticism. In 21 … Continue Reading →


John Wayne

When John Wayne Spoke You’d Better Listen!

“I won’t be mean, I won’t be small, and like an old friend, I won’t let them down.”   John Wayne. John Wayne was talking about his fans. He was explaining … Continue Reading →


Crew of the Canary

The Canary or the Champagne?

“We will not hand over Schreiber to the police. He participated in our perils and is now part of our team.”   Armand Lotti. Everybody’s heard about the Spirit of St. Louis … Continue Reading →


Drive Friendly Texas Safety Slogan

Drive Friendly and Discover Something More

“Drive Friendly.” Texas Safety Slogan. In the not too distant past, when driving down a Texas back road, oncoming drivers were likely to raise the index finger of their driving … Continue Reading →


Shirley Temple child star

Are There Animal Crackers in Your Soup?

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple may have … Continue Reading →


Flower and sunlight

Five Ways to a Kinder You

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Seneca. Everyone agrees kindness is a good idea in principle, but is best left to someone else … Continue Reading →


Phubbing: The new normal

Is Phubbing Your New Normal?

“The greatest gift we can offer is our presence.” Thich Nhat Nanh. There was a time when earnest, articulate people discussed meaningful subjects with one another long into the night. … Continue Reading →


Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →