Hood Ornament

Today, cars are full of safety features. Air bags, anti-lock brakes, stability control are common. Many cars even have anti-collision features that automatically stop the car in an emergency. In the 1960s, cars weren’t nearly as sophisticated. Seat belt use wasn’t a common thing back then. Mom’s safety protocol consisted of swinging her arm out […]

Rockets’ Red Glare

Back in 1984, I was in the Army, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The 4th of July is a big deal in the United States, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England on July 4, 1776. It has a lot of historical significance for this country. Mostly, it’s an opportunity to set […]

Reader’s InDigestion

Despite growing up in a small town and skipping kindergarten, I’ve always had a large vocabulary, even if I tend not to use it. When writing, I often say, “Never use a three-dollar word when a 50 cent word will do.” Still, as a kid, I tended to punch way above my weight class when […]

Too Right Makes a Wrong…

Have you ever felt that you HAD to be right about something? When the local radio station reads their daily trivia question, do you rush to the phone to be the first caller with the right answer? When someone misquotes a famous saying, gets a fact or figure wrong or makes a mistake, do you […]

Hump Day

I’m sure lots of us have seen the GEICO commercial where car insurance customers are ‘happier than a camel on Wednesday’. The middle of the week is a place where we’re more focused on the upcoming weekend than the start of the week. Thursday and Friday, things seem to go just a little bit smoother […]

Goal, Interrupted

How many times have you set out towards a goal, only to have life throw an obstacle in your path? Did it stop you, slow you down, or send you in a different direction? I can’t count the times that I’ve set a goal, committed myself to it, made it public……only to have something get […]

Customer Detention

Many of us have had to wade through circuituous interactive voice response (IVR) systems, or struggle through clunky call agent scripts to deal with a customer service issue. Few people, however, have experienced the epic service battle that AOL VP Ryan Block experienced. After 9 years with Comcast, Ryan chose a new provider, and called […]

3 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Have you ever been stuck in one place, without making any progress? Whether it’s writers’ block, losing weight, or moving towards a goal, I think we all have had times where things just seem to be ‘stuck’, with no way to move forward. There have been many times when I’ve sat, motionless, staring at a […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #5: The Final Frontier

As the Star Trek movie series episodes evolved, a few things became apparent – the cast was aging, and special effects alone couldn’t make the movies stand out. It was a hit and miss formula…which generated the axiom that if you wanted to see a good Star Trek movie….just watch the even numbered ones. That’s […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #4: The Voyage Home

One of the most enjoyable Star Trek movies, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home treads a familiar path for Star Trek fans – what happens when you take people from the future and place them in current times? Fish out of water stories have long been popular, and time travel stories go back at least […]