The Soul Remembers

In late 2011, singer Glen Campbell announced to the world he had Alzheimer’s disease, and his wish was to go on the road for one last tour. His farewell tour had a scheduled stop near me in early 2012, and I had the pleasure of seeing this talented musician in person before the ravages of…

Walt Whitman bad poetry

Driving Lessons

When we walked out of the Revenue Office after taking my written driving test, my Dad handed me the keys and pointed to the driver’s seat. He had picked me up from school at mid-morning to drive me to take my test, and I was driving back to school. I was nervous, as all new…

To Love

My fifth grade teacher told the class of an article she had read about an infant’s need for love. The article said scientists concluded that a baby left in a room without human touch would die. Though the child may be given food, water, and basic care, without love it would die, leading to the theory that…

Becoming Ourselves

“It’s a curious thing that happens. It’s only when we travel to a place where no one know us that we become most ourselves.”  How I wish I had written those words, but alas, those words were written for the genius advertising campaign of the Michigan Tourism Department. Inviting scenes of the Michigan coastline slow-dance…

Lonesome Dove Conversation

How strong is your strongest friendship? This is a conversation we have at work periodically,which always flows out of a discussion of the movie Lonesome Dove. The flick is a classic western (based on a book by Larry McMurtry), starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in an epic tale of friendship, right vs. wrong,…

Not Everything is as it Seems

Looking at the surface of anything rarely reveals its truth. Take a pineapple, for instance, with its horrifically scaled surface surely useful as weaponry if in a pinch, and imagine who, of the first to lay eyes on one, would have guessed the interior contained such sweet heavenly goodness. I envision the first one who…