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Just Suppose

Just suppose for a moment that Marion Crane as played by Janet Leigh in Psycho, who was Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother for those too young to know, didn’t get caught in the rain that night and get stuck at the Bates Motel.  What if she had taken the $40,000 (over $400,000 in today’s money) she had stolen and gone somewhere […]

Kansas City, Here I Come

I know almost nothing about Kansas City.  Karl and I drove through years ago on a road trip from Dallas to Chicago, and by that, I mean Karl drove and I rode.  (I never drove on a road trip because we always took Karl’s car, and I can’t drive a stick.)  But that hardly counts as going to Kansas City, […]

Everything Is In The Movies

Some of our earliest memories often make the deepest impressions on our lives.  If they are of traumatic events, those memories can be repressed and require sometimes years of therapy to unearth and understand how those events play out in our adult lives.  But more benign memories have warm connotations and set us on a path to lifelong interests that […]

Oh, Nikki, It’s Your Time

Faster than you can say these boots are made for walkin’, Florida’s own Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination before this week’s New Hampshire primary.  And like Nancy Sinatra’s classic song said, “Now what’s right is right, and you ain’t been right yet.”  But good for you, Governor Kinky Boots, it’s the only right […]

Is The Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Generally speaking, I don’t care.  The idea that one indicates pessimism and the other optimism has always seemed rather a stretch to me.  My interest may be increased if the glass were half empty or half full with something other than water, and I dare say may be more indicative of an innate personality trait. The glass contains half of […]

Complaining & Explaining

Well, we’ve barely cracked the middle of January, and I’m already struggling with my ongoing resolution to honor that old maxim of “Don’t complain; don’t explain.”  It’s a goal, but I’m just so blasted good at complaining and so eager to explain that I tend to fall short.  It doesn’t help one little bit that almost everywhere I turn someone […]

Irritation of Life

Last week, we talked about how my watching sports and rooting for a particular team is basically the kiss of death.  I outlined what happened to the Texas Rangers back in the 2011 World Series, but my particular superpower to jinx a competition is much deeper and broader than that. We could talk about my high school’s football team, but […]

A Rosewine By Any Other Name

When I was out of town earlier this month, I needed a polish change and having admired the color my sister-in-law was wearing, I decided to throw caution to the wind and forego my usual shade of “Eternal Optimist” for her “Rosewine.”  Any change comes with great difficulty for me, even something so simple as the color on my nails. […]

The New Old-Fashioned Way

It was the most ambitious musical undertaking our church had ever attempted.  Ours was not a large church, nor was it a small one, but the annual Christmas cantata we performed that year was a doozy.  Although only a junior in high school, I was the church pianist and had worked hard to master the challenging music for our one-time […]

Twilight of the Zone

We’ve all done it.  We all do it.  Children do it to their parents.  Parents do it to their children.  Students do it to their teachers.  Congregants do it to their ministers.  And, married people, well we do it to each other all the time.  I’m tempted to call it “All-American,” but I suspect Asians, Europeans, Africans and Australians do […]