If At First …

During my first semester of college, in between learning to catch a screaming frisbee behind my back (I should have been in class) and drinking unfathomable amounts of beer (I probably should have been studying), I wandered through a slightly advanced English class -- trust me, it wasn't that advanced -- in which I was… Continue reading If At First …

TV for These Times

For a long, blissful time in my life, television existed in its rightful place. It was there when I had to, or simply wanted to, catch a game. It was right there, in the prime real estate of the living room, when I needed to turn off my brain. It was an easy way out… Continue reading TV for These Times

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

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