Every year, it’s the same thing. “It’s been a long December, and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last…” The words almost feel like a warm blanket to me every year at about this time. Money starts to get tight, old habits creep their way back in, and the… Read More

I have a difficult time letting my children watch Peanuts cartoons. “What?” you might be asking. “What kind of problem could you possible have Snoopy and the gang?” Well, it’s quite simple, really: The other kids treat Charlie Brown like crap most of the time, and I don’t really want my kids thinking it’s okay… Read More

I am not a fan of re-posting items from other people’s blogs. It feels like cheating to me. I mean, I didn’t write the content, so I sort of feel as if I’m plagiarizing someone else’s work, particularly if I don’t know them. Sometimes, though, a post will arise that so strikes a chord with… Read More

“Gosh, I hope you didn’t go to too much trouble. I’m really not worth that much.” These are actual words that came out of my mouth this week. Someone had done something nice for me, and this is what I chose to say. Not “Thank you” or “How nice of you” or even “I don’t… Read More

Every article I’ve ever read on being a successful blogger says the same thing: One of the keys to increasing readership is to write at least one blog post a day. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to post more than one entry per day, with the length of each entry being shorter in… Read More

I never get any joy out of hearing someone either has had to or is dealing with depression, anxiety, or any other mental issue. I would rather no one ever have to walk down those roads. I would rather everyone lead happy, peaceful lives completely removed from any uncertainty, distress, or sadness. Unfortunately, that is… Read More

There seems to be a glut these days of songs encouraging people to just be themselves. Colbie Caillat tells a young woman, “You don’t have to change a single thing” in her song “Try.” Mary Lambert sings the line, “I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else”… Read More

I have made a concerted effort lately to listen to the radio more often. I went through a phase where I just wasn’t that interested in any of the music I was hearing, so I retreated into my iPod and the vast amount of music from the 1980s and 1990s it contained. Occasionally something new… Read More

My day started off normally enough today. I got up and got ready for work without incident. I got into my truck and set my iPod to the latest podcast from NBA TV’s “The Starters.” This particular podcast was what they call “The Drop,” which is a bit more informal and longer than the show’s… Read More

Remember in Toy Story 3 when Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear and his gang found that switch on the back of Buzz Lightyear that would change his settings? While that switch provided some laughs later on in the movie when it turned the space ranger into a Latin love machine, it also enabled Lotso to revert Buzz’s personality back… Read More