Black Friday for Guys

November. The month where the NFL season gets serious, the weather turns cold, and we all gather to eat mounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie on Thanksgiving. November is also the month a large swath of our population begins planning for the Christmas holiday. This planning inevitably involves shopping and, if you enjoy venturingContinue reading “Black Friday for Guys”

“One Thing”

My Favorite Movie Lines – Part 2 In my September column, I wrote about my favorite movie lines (an example: “Seven years of college down the drain.”) After listing ten, I promised to reveal my single favorite line this month. I also offered a free copy of my book to anyone who could predict theContinue reading ““One Thing””

My Favorite Movie Lines – Part 1

I’m a big movie fan. There’s a good chance I’ve watched a movie I enjoy multiple times. As a result, I tend to remember details, especially if they involve a scene or dialogue I love. A couple of weeks ago, I began musing about my all-time favorite movie lines. A few popped into my headContinue reading “My Favorite Movie Lines – Part 1”

Foods I Can’t Stop Eating

I’m a disciplined person, especially in relation to my daily routine and working through my to-do lists. A recent informal poll of friends and family members confirmed this conclusion. On a scale of one to ten, everyone rated me at least a nine and one person awarded an eleven. However, there are certain foods IContinue reading “Foods I Can’t Stop Eating”

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”

Things I’m Contrary About

I can be a bit of curmudgeon. During some recent introspection on this trait, I identified certain popular phenomena, people, and activities that, for me, generate a lower level of enthusiasm than for the majority of other people. At the risk of alienating anyone who reads this, I’ve listed a few items that will probablyContinue reading “Things I’m Contrary About”