Excuse me … may I ask a few questions?
How come I don’t mind loading the dishwasher, but I dread unloading it and putting the clean dishes away? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Maybe putting them in doesn’t seem like work because I’m so happy not to have to wash them by hand?
Does anyone …Read More
“All great literary men are shy. I am myself, though I am told it is hardly noticeable.”
— Jerome K. Jerome, early 20th-century British author and humorist
I’m no great literary man, but like my hero, Jerome, I am a shy person.
It may seem contradictory that a person who writes about himself and sometimes speaks before …Read More
What would you give to live in the greatest country in the world?
Most Americans — especially most politicians — argue taxes are too high. It’s like an article of faith. One exception is President Barack Obama, of course, who is campaigning to raise taxes on millionaires.
Beyond the president’s proposal, no one ever seems to say …Read More
You’re at a reception or maybe sitting on a plane, and you meet someone new. Eventually, he or she asks: “So, what do you do?”
Last week, I invited readers to share the reaction they get when they tell someone about their vocation. Here’s a sampling of the responses.
Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower & Gift, …Read More
You’re sitting in a waiting room, on an airplane, at a reception, and there’s an empty seat beside you. Eventually, someone comes along and inquires: “Is this seat taken?”
He or she sits down and pretty soon the two of you are engaged in what my Aunt Pam calls “polite conversation.” Eventually, your seatmate asks:
“So, what …Read More
I wish the old clock could talk.
My grandpa brought it home from England where he was stationed with the U.S. Army in World War II. Every time I walk by the clock, I wish I could ask him about it. For much of my childhood, it was broken and stowed away on a closet shelf. …Read More
One day last month, I took a walk around the Medina County Home with my 11-year-old daughter while we awaited our turn to visit with the home’s superintendent, Lynn Remington.
The picnic pavilion was packed with residents, public officials, and staff from various county departments — all there to enjoy lunch together and to share their …Read More
There are so many things I forget, but I can rattle off the names of my teachers as easily as I can recite the alphabet.
Miss Killen, Mrs. Ebersole, Mrs. Nunn, Miss Guenter, Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. McLravy, Mr. Finchem, Miss Thurston, Mr. Mussellman. That’s just kindergarten through junior high. I’ll save the ink in reciting all …Read More
A man’s life is, more or less, all about drainage.
In the beginning, it’s potty-training. And in later years … well, I don’t really even like to think about that.
In the middle, however, it’s a lot of lonely digging — a man and his shovel, excavating trenches, leaning thoughtfully on his spade to assess the situation. …Read More
Like the Pledge of Allegiance or the taxonomic chart, the King James Bible is part of the soundtrack of my childhood.
You may think of those things as words on paper, but I when I think of them, I hear them in my mind and feel their beat, like music. Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, …Read More