Posted On March 24, 2023

I’ve been offered an invitation to go camping… —– Years ago, my wife and I got a deal on some camping equipment. We headed into the North Carolina mountains to a creek camp site and set up our fancy new tent and tried out our new gear. When night fell, we unpacked our fancy new sleeping bags that were rated to keep us warm well below that night’s low temperature, climbed in, and waited to get warm. And we waited. And we waited. Then we started shivering. Teeth began chattering. After an interminable amount of time, I asked my wife… Read More

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Too Much Bottom

Posted On March 17, 2023

What my wife and I saw on my recent business trip to a Bahamas resort was more than enough. —– My wife and I spent four nights at a Bahamas resort on a business trip and here are my observations. Here’s what I saw. First, I remember hearing that most traffic accidents happen within five miles of the driver’s home. Seems inverse of what you’d expect. The reason? When you’re driving through your home territory, you’re so familiar with the roads, the traffic, the scenery and such that you let your guard down. The familiarity and the routine make you… Read More

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Roast or Toast

Posted On March 10, 2023

My wife invited some friends to a birthday gathering and gave them two options… —— My birthday was last week. Right now, my wife is inviting friends to dinner and asking them to come and either roast me or toast me and if I were this invitation, I know what I’d do. I’m not sure if it’s me and my friends or just males or just certain types of males, but I’d roast me. My friends and I constantly work hard to roast each other whenever we can. It’s savage exchange whenever we’re together. For example: When I walk into… Read More

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Sad Anniversary

Posted On March 3, 2023

My mother died a year ago. Cleaning out her home office brought about some questions for my father and me as we gathered her things.  —— My mother died nearly one year ago today. It was March 5th, the day after my birthday. I think of her frequently. Last week, my wife, my daughter, and my son and I placed purple flowers on her headstone for her birthday. Purple was her favorite color. We bought a purple orchid on the way home to remind us of her and it’s now sitting in the kitchen window. Last week I said in… Read More

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How to Embarrass Your Children

Posted On February 24, 2023

Embarrassing your children is a parent’s obligation. It happened to me. I’m doing it to my kids. It’s part of the contract. ——  Here’s a guaranteed way to embarrass your teenaged child. In a restaurant, say loudly where other diners are close enough to hear: “Your mother and I are going to a clothing optional resort in the Bahamas next week. It will be nice for us to get back in touch with each other.” My fifteen-year-old favorite youngest daughter flushed red, buried her face in her hands, and said over and over again “Please stop, Dad. Please stop.” Which… Read More

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“Keepin’ It Real” Interview with KXCR’s Larry Bloomfield

Posted On February 23, 2023

“Keepin’ It Real” is now broadcast on KXCR in Florence, Oregon. Larry Bloomfield invited me to be a guest on the station’s “KXCR Conversations” to talk about the commentaries.  Check out this episode!

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The Arc of Beads

Posted On February 17, 2023

The value of Mardi Gras beads peak when they’re under no ownership. It’s part of the silliness of my favorite time of year. ——— If you’re not listening in the deep south, you may not know that it’s Mardi Gras time for us derelicts and mystics living here on the top lip of the Gulf Coast. Ships from all over the world back in the day delivered a menagerie of people here where they threw their customs and traditions into one big gurgling pot and one of the results is Mardi Gras. The story I tell is that Mardi Gras… Read More

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Posted On January 27, 2023

Thre are three types of people, he said, and my mind has been racing ever since. ——- In a Zoom call this week I chatted with another speaker for an upcoming conference. He and I want our messages complement each other and he offered some of his presentation highlights and one thing he said has rattled around in my head since our call. He said there are three types of people – and when he said this he was quoting someone else but I don’t remember who – he said there are fragile people who when pushed or dropped or… Read More

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Radio Boy

Posted On January 20, 2023

There’s a tale radio people tell about why they got into radio. Does it apply to me? Well… ——– A story I’ve heard about people in radio is that many of them share a similar childhood experience: They tried to get their parent’s attention but their parents shushed them – told them to be quiet – they’re trying to listen to the man on the radio. The children begin to think that whatever is coming through the radio speaker is more important than what they want to say and later, those children begin a career in radio to get their… Read More

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Time Either Promotes You Or Exposes You

Posted On January 13, 2023

A friend’s fortunes have turned… —– I met with a friend yesterday. I haven’t seen or spoken to him much for the past six months. His business has exploded over the past three or four years. He’s a good guy, an honest guy. He’s created a niche product, the market found him and he’s grown it masterfully. Until he and his business partner got sideways with each other, and the last six months have been tough. Accusations. Finger pointing. He finally told his partner, “We have to split up or it may get violent.” They both lawyered up, money changed… Read More

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