Just Don’t….

It’s taken me some time to write this story…

Not because it’s emotionally taxing or somehow tugs at my heart strings

It’s because I had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire.

Now that I have your undivided attention, let me tell you a story.
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Love Thy Neighbor

There was a time in this country when we could disagree about something without someone having to be “right” and someone having to be “wrong”.

We respected each other, even when we disagreed with one another.

Now oftentimes disagreements result in shouting, name calling and worse.

I have a simple solution that will solve this dilemma.

Wait, let me clarify that statement.

It’s “simple” in the fact it works, but it’s difficult in the application.

Let me explain, I promise it’s not too complicated and it’s something we can all do.
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Valentines Day

A dear friend of mine mentioned after purchasing my recent book Sunnyside Up (Thank you very much by the way) that I although I have chapters on “Women”, “Love” and the like I didn’t have any stories about “Valentine’s Day”.

This oversight was not intentional I assure you.

I have nothing for or against Valentine’s Day.

I simply don’t have much of a point of reference about that day.

I can however tell you everything you never wanted to know about the massacre that took place in Chicago on that particular day known more today for love and romance than machinegun fire.

However……

There was a time in my life when Valentine’s Day was a big deal
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Christmas on Outer Drive

This was Christmas 1962, when America didn’t have a clue what a Vietnam was and most women were wondering what hat Jackie would wear during the holidays.

Even at the ripe old age of four, this wonderful foster family, provided by the state, was kind enough to explain to me that Santa Claus, ole Saint Nick to you and me, didn’t visit children with no mommy and daddy. They were “bad” children, that’s why their mommies and daddies left them with the state. Made sense to me at the time. So, it goes without saying that my expectations were not very high this holiday season.
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Back For Christmas

Don’t let the title of this story confuse you in any way.

I am right where I am supposed to be for Christmas or at least I think so anyway.

This story isn’t about being “back” for Christmas it’s about something else.
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My Last Christmas (Revised)

Do not be alarmed by the title, to my knowledge I am not planning an early departure anytime soon, although I have to say several times this past year I had my doubts.

Christmas is approaching….

And I was thinking of all the Christmas’s I have had in my life.

Some good and some not so good…

Fact is I still have a popcorn ball from an elementary school Christmas party lodged somewhere in my lower intestine.

Don’t those damn things ever dissolve?
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What’s in a name..

There is a lot to be said for that little statement.

Because sometimes we are known by not just the company we keep but also by the name or names we have throughout our lives.

I have been called a lot of different names…
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Dog Man

I received several emails about my last story posted here…

Some offered condolences which I greatly appreciated

A few called me a crazy old “dog man”

While others questioned my love and devotion to an animal

I could easily respond to the later questions with…

A dog has never stolen my money or my credit card while I was deployed overseas

I might even add, that a dog has never lied to me or taken advantage of me

Although those are honest answers to the question poised, it’s not entirely accurate

You see my love for our four legged brethren goes back to the first job I ever had and coincidently the only job I have been fired from.

It’s hard to believe but that was fifty years ago….
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My Girl….

Please don’t be misled by the title of this story….

This story has nothing to do with the great Temptations song from 1965

But it does have everything to do with the sweetest woman I’ve ever known.

So if you have a minute or two and as the lyrics of the song go, I want to tell you about

“My Girl”
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What’s Your Sign?

Do you remember when that question was once popular?

I used to tell people my sign was “Exxon”

Yeah I still think that’s funny but then again I am easily entertained

The title of this story doesn’t have anything to do with the swinging 70’s

It has everything to do however with American Sign Language

Did I confuse you?
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