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March 28, 2019

My dad passed away on 19 March 2019, the feast of St. Joseph, the patron of "happy deaths."

His favorite color was blue and I didn't even know that until I saw the beautiful sky-blue casket in which he lay. His choice reflected his love of the Blessed Virgin Mary - qui...

March 27, 2019

Prison contraband includes glitter. I didn't know that until yesterday.

I was at FedEx Kinko's trimming copies of my Gladiator Creed© when a young woman asked me to show her how to use the paper cutter. She told me that she had to trim her card because glitter was on th...

March 8, 2019

Each morning for years and in different cities, I have dragged myself out of bed to head to Starbucks to pay my $3+ for the same thing I have ordered for over a decade: “Trenta-black-iced-tea-no-sugar-no-water-very-light-ice-with-a-Venti-cup-of-ice-on-the-side.” I woul...

January 30, 2018

Business acumen is a phrase that has a sharpness and refinement to it that is alluring. It conjures up words like smart, data, investment, products, grit, futuring, breakthrough, technology, cutting-edge, determination, and more. Yet, I rarely hear the words "kindness,...

January 29, 2018

I was an eager, naive 19 years old when I started working at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). While I had to get a job to support myself, I was committed to finding a position helping others. When I perused the classifieds (yes, I am that old), I was immediately dr...

November 1, 2017

Love doesn't come in a box. As I get older, I am becoming acutely aware of the inverse relationship between age and the importance of material things. New and very nice stuff used to top my list of must haves and I went after it: Big house. Mercedes. Rolex with the dia...

October 29, 2017

His name was "Buddy." I didn't get his owner’s name but from the few moments I saw them together, I could tell they were tight. Buddy was a hefty chocolate lab; his owner, a 6'4", 240 lbs. burly, fit young guy. They looked like they belonged together the way people beg...

October 23, 2017

I grew up in a family of six kids. My oldest brother was good-looking, smart, funny, athletic, and very popular. With that came privileges that the rest of us kids didn't get. My brother got to date early and stay out late, got a corvette for his 16th birthday, and was...

September 22, 2017

My emotional fly zone is generally pretty high and positive but understandably, has had some dips here and there. Having a positive attitude has saved me through some tough stuff. Most of the time, I have plowed through adversity believing that “most things work themse...

April 25, 2017

I am a thinker. Thinking is as much an activity to me as running. I can spend days alone thinking about things. My ability to think depends heavily on my memory. But a few years ago, I noticed that I was forgetting simple things. What did I have for lunch today? I dunn...

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How Dad's Passing Brought Me Closer to Him, My Sibs, and God

March 28, 2019