Category: Wisdom

Immediate Pleasure, Part II

I love buffets. Not only do I like the wide variety of tastes a buffet offers, I like being able to eat as much of my favorite tastes as I desire. I have always preferred Chinese buffets. I like that style of cooking, the mixing of vegetables and meats and sauces in a blend that [...]

Sitting In a Bad Place, Part 1

Every so often, I find myself in a bad place. I’m not talking about a dark alley with flashing neon lights and a lurking group of terribly muscled motorcyle men with crowbars and gold teeth. I’m talking about a bad place physically, or a bad place emotionally, even a bad place financially. Sometimes I find [...]

Earlier Than Usual

At five in the morning, it seems like no one is alive. The roads are cool and misty and lonely. The houses that line the fields or sit beneath a scattering of trees seem frozen in time, an in between time where the birds chirp and squirrels chitter and the sun hovers on the eastern [...]

Running On Joe

Four hundred billion cups of coffee are consumed every year. That’s more cups of black brew than alcohol. I am not much of a coffee drinker myself, but everyone around me does. At home the pot is brewing every morning and some nights too. At work, there are pots in most departments, and still, my [...]

A Life of Adventure

I have always gravitated toward adventurous people, lured by a desire, the same way I always watch planes taking off with a bit of envy. Perhaps it is being able to live an adventure by being close to it. When I was young, Indiana Jones was one of my favorite movies and I watched Star [...]

The Death of the American Melting Pot

By James C Nelson On October 12, 1915 President Theodore Roosevelt spoke these words, “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism… We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is [...]

The Long Road Home, Part III

Much of my life has been spent trying to talk to God. As a boy I used to sit on my bed and pray with my father. We said the Lord’s prayer from Mathew every night, side by side on my bed. And after that, my father tucked me in and turned off the light [...]

Love Puppy

One pale morning so early that it was still blue outside, that moment when the blackness of night has faded before the moon, and the sun is only a promise yet some time off, I woke up and rested on one elbow. A girl slept quietly beside me, her face half buried in a pillow [...]


I have opinions on everything. Except politics. Now that is not really true, I have opinions on politics, but I seldom voice them. I don’t like politics. I don’t think they are worth arguing about most of the time. I believe there is a right way and a wrong way, no real gray areas, to [...]

Our Own Little Castles

Some years ago I was fishing for trout on a large lake. Normally a steady wind blew across the water, ruffling the water like Ruffle potato chips, but this time the water was as calm as the milk in cereal bowl, so much so that the trees reflected in the water at the edge of [...]