Dear Life, I have not written to you in quite some time. In fact, I do not remember the last time I actually made a request to you in writing. I know I have talked to you plenty, both in my head and even out loud. Consider this a more official form of communication, a… Read More


I have a friend who obtained a Ph.D. in economics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While in the process of doing so, he had a saying he was fond of whenever someone accused him of spending too much time studying: “They don’t just hand out Ph.D.’s here, you know!” After three semesters of… Read More


I’ve shared a couple of songs here recently that held special meaning in my life and helped me navigate some of the darker times, and I’ve thought for a while about setting aside one post a week to shine a spotlight on more such songs. So, without further ado, welcome to the debut of “Tuneful… Read More


Since this is election season and everyone is trying to grab the attention of whatever demographic they can these days, I thought I would rerun this post about my generation, Generation X. I think of all the posts I’ve ever written, this one has gotten more response from a broader range of people than any… Read More


It is no exaggeration for me to say the original Star Wars movie – “Episode IV: A New Hope” – completely changed my life when I watched it in the theater as a child in the 1970s. In this day and age of digital wizardry, it’s difficult for some people to imagine that when that… Read More


I have long known that I have perfectionist tendencies. I just cannot stand to get anything wrong. This has become extremely evident to me as of late in the new job I am doing. Without going into great detail, the potential exists for me to complete a task, send it on down the line, and… Read More


As you may or may not have noticed, I did not write anything here yesterday. I have a very good reason for that. A little before 8 last night, I heard shrieking like I had never heard before coming from my soon-to-be 11-year-old daughter’s room. I rushed to her room and found her sitting on… Read More


I really hate it when I repeat myself, but the truth is I do it all the time. As much as I try to stop myself from telling the same stories or writing about the same topics, I catch myself doing it frequently. At least with what I’m about to write here, I realize I’m… Read More


There are a handful of songs I have avoided featuring on “Tuneful Tuesday” because, quite frankly, they cut a little too close to the bone. They dig down past my simply liking the song or feeling as if the words were significant to a place inside me that is not comfortable anymore. They make me… Read More