The Mani-Pedi Experience

In one of my favorite movies, Bull Durham, the character Crash Davis talks to a bunch of Double-A baseball players about spending twenty-one days in the “The Show,” their nickname for the Major Leagues. As part of the funny yet poignant scene, Crash tells his teammates, “I was in the Show for twenty-one days once.Continue reading “The Mani-Pedi Experience”

Pigs at the Door

The following is based on actual events: Watching his five-year-old play in the sandbox, the man is filled with wonder at the beauty and perfection of his little girl. As she’s pushing sand into piles, creating an imaginary world full of plastic figurines and matchbox cars, he’s amazed at her creativity and imagination. Yes, thisContinue reading “Pigs at the Door”

The Valentine’s Day Movie

I sometimes wonder why I waste so much time selecting movies to watch. I regularly invest at least fifteen minutes studying titles and genres. When my wife is involved, there’s always a conversation involving the phrases, “What are you in the mood for?”, “I don’t want to see a (insert movie type here) tonight,” andContinue reading “The Valentine’s Day Movie”

Lessons My Mother Taught Me

While I’ve mentioned my mom in some of my other columns, I thought, given the Mother’s Day holiday, I’d share more about her and who she was.  Natalie Rogers was a four-foot, ten-inch woman who stood eight feet tall and earned the respect of everyone she encountered. I can’t begin to accurately paint of a portrait ofContinue reading “Lessons My Mother Taught Me”

Please, Leave These Songs Alone…

In this world, very few things have reached a level of perfection and should never be altered. For example, hot dogs are always the best meal at a baseball game. There’s no reason to consume avocado toast or a noodle bowl while you’re watching the Red Sox play the Yankees. I can quickly think ofContinue reading “Please, Leave These Songs Alone…”

The Greatest People in the World

My mother, and most of her siblings, were first generation Americans. Her parents came over from Italy, landing in Portland, Maine and settling in Beverly, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of seven children who, collectively, created a massive assortment of first, second, third, and in-law cousins. To give you an idea of the size ofContinue reading “The Greatest People in the World”

If You Were an Animal…

Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, during my prime job interview years, I was coached to prepare for the question: “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” Now, no interviewer ever pursued this rather quirky line of inquiry. However, I’m a “be prepared” guy, and was always ready with anContinue reading “If You Were an Animal…”

The Worst Proposal in History

Last week, my wife Kathy and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. She’s the best friend I’ve ever had and we’ve shared so much fun and laughter that it’s hard to imagine spending those years with anyone else. Of course, life, as it will, has thrown us our share of curve balls, so we’ve facedContinue reading “The Worst Proposal in History”

The Die Hard Dilemma

I love action movies. They are my favorite way to escape when I’m looking to be entertained. Seemingly, there’s a million of them, which potentially makes any debate over which one is the greatest a complicated discussion. However, for me, there is only one choice—Die Hard. A completely thorough explanation would require a small bookContinue reading “The Die Hard Dilemma”