How Toys Work

I opened the front door of the house. “Let’s play ‘Wrigley Fielders’” Curt and Brian yelled! Curt is my oldest son, Brian is youngest of the two. It had been a full day at work and a seat out on the deck with a beer could have been my direction. But it was a perfect […]


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There’s A Mystery To It

There’s a pivotal scene in the 2011 movie “Moneyball,” when Jonah Hill’s character Peter Brand cues up a video to show to Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt. Brand wants to demonstrate that Beane has done some great things with his ball club but is not realizing it. The video Brand […]

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Make An Impression On Yourself

My high school Michigan History teacher started the semester with “…and remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” I’m sure it was a Will Rogers quote. That was 43 years ago and I can still see and hear Mr. Skivington speaking those life-changing words. That moment helped me understand […]

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One Regret

My siblings and I helped care for my dad his last couple of years – the goal was to try to keep him and mom together and in their home. My roles included paying bills and my dad’s personal hygiene. He didn’t really enjoy handing over either one but knew he needed help.   Meet my […]

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This Lucky Dog

Rosie and Rudy are sister and brother. For over 12 years, they’ve eaten together, played outside together and followed their master, Wendy, around the house from room to room. Part Boxer and part Labrador, they are bigger, sturdier dogs. Rosie has a black coat, now with white around her aging face and Rudy is brindle […]

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Play Like Kaline

When I was a kid, Al Kaline was one of my favorite baseball players. As an adult, he is much more than that. I was introduced to Kaline in 1969 by way of a black and white Zenith television set. Kaline at that time was already an icon in the major leagues. When he retired […]

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How to avoid “The Knievel”

That’s Evel Knievel in 1975 when he tried jumping his motorcycle over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London. He missed the landing and had a horrible crash. As he tumbled, the Harley Davidson he used followed him like a stalker. When Knievel, still alive, finally stopped somersaulting, the motorcycle landed on top of him. […]

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