Monthly Archives: April 2011

The gangster, the hero, and the example I’ll leave my sons

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.  He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. His last day on earth was a heroic one. His squadron was … Continue reading

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How Al Capone influenced a father to do the right thing

We all know the story of Al Capone. He virtually owned Chicago. There were few redeeming qualities about the man. He controlled a vast empire fueled by booze, prostitutes, and gambling.  Al Capone Of course, he was always in … Continue reading

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The dandelion wars

One of the sure signs of spring is the presence of dandelions. Despite their yellow floral bursts, they’re generally considered noxious weeds. To me, they are the worst alien invaders of a well-kept lawn.  And to say that I’m, um, anal about ridding … Continue reading

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What a waste of time

Sometimes I look at this life I’m living, trying to make righteous choices, and the doubts creep in. I wonder if it’s just a waste of time when I could be enjoying the full fruits of this world. And then … Continue reading

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The wood. The nails. The hammer.

He had learned the trade from his father who probably learned it from his father. The tools were simple. The wood. The nails. The hammer. Wood shavings crunched on the floor, trod by leather sandals. The smell of lumber filled … Continue reading

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Sunday Funnies — the Cartoonist and the Creator

This is a Holy Week tribute to Johnny Hart, the creative cartoonist behind the “B.C.” cartoon strip and the “Wizard of Id.” He died of a stroke four years ago, ironically, on Easter Day. This is a long post, but once … Continue reading

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There lies within me a natural urge to walk away. When the wagging tongues throw their barbs of criticism my way, it’s tempting to find a way out, quick. When the naysayers remind me that I don’t have what it takes, I … Continue reading

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When your time is up

Each morning, my grandmother  would pull on her blue-zippered sweater and open the door from her single-wide trailer.  The famous Santa Cruz  fog was thick in the morning, blowing moisture in from the Pacific and misting every surface with droplets. … Continue reading

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What’s Your One Thing?

The movie City Slickers is a great story about finding your place in life. Hoping to relieve the frustrations of his life, the character played by Billy Crystal convinced his two buddies to take a vacation at a working dude ranch. Crystal’s life … Continue reading

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On super heroes and a super secret power

Image via Wikipedia As a boy, I would tie a blanket around my neck and pull a pair of white BVDs up over my flannel pajamas. I fished out a pair of my mother’s sunglasses from the basket by the … Continue reading

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