Magda

The most amazing person I've ever met in decades of interviewing people -- easily thousands of people; astronauts and farmworkers, scientists and salesmen, doctors and lawyers, tons of professional athletes, and at least one real life cowboy -- was a 93-year-old woman with a beehive hairdo who could talk the hair off your head and… Continue reading Magda

On Masks and Freedom

Like the proverbial pair of gloves in a hockey fight, like the wheels on my so-called golf game, like the peeling paint on the back deck and that famed dress at an after-prom party (so I've been told), the masks are coming off. Some 15 months after we all were forced behind our cloth shields… Continue reading On Masks and Freedom

The Joy$ of Owning a Home

An electrician, a very friendly Southern gentleman with a twang as thick as Stone Mountain, is poking around the wiring on our deck right now, trying to ascertain why a couple outlets there don't work and why the fan runs, at top speed, about as fast as I do. Down in our basement, a basement… Continue reading The Joy$ of Owning a Home

Fathers, Sons & Brothers

When the topic of my high school athletic career is raised, certainly never by anyone but me, I don't gin up some story of teen glory. I don't pretend I was a scrappy point guard on the basketball team, or a good-glove no-hit cog on the baseball team, or (as if anyone would believe it)… Continue reading Fathers, Sons & Brothers

Coming Out

The whole idea of needles, when you stop to think about it (which I'm already realizing is probably not something you want to do), is pretty medieval. Throw in the slightly kooky concept of vaccines -- which are often, but not always, an actual smidgen of the very sickness that you're trying to avoid --… Continue reading Coming Out

The Big Two Five

Twenty-five years, just about any way you look at it, is a lot of years. It's a honking huge number of years. A human being, any human being, will stumble from creation all the way into young adulthood in 25 years. A teenager who sticks around 25 more years hobbles fully into middle age. A… Continue reading The Big Two Five