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”

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”

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”

Free-Range Boys

I did most of my growing up in the 1970s, which means I had a lot more autonomy in my day-to-day activities than kids in 2020. Outside of seasonal youth sports and scouting, there was, until high school, very little structured activity. Parents basically told us to find something to do and threw us outContinue reading “Free-Range Boys”