Be true to yourself

A week or so ago, I had the opportunity to listen to Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. He was in Charleston for an appearance. I had respect for him before, but listening to him in person raised my respect for him immensely. And he didn’t sing at all. Okay, that’s not entirely true. He did sing just a … [Read more...]

A little more love in the world

Watching the Super Bowl, I was amused with the McDonalds promotion showing people confused about the request to pay for their meals with a little “lovin”. I’m not sure how the promotion will work for McDonalds, and I probably won’t go there just to try to get a free sandwich, but I like the concept. … [Read more...]

Conversations in a barber shop

For many of us, the longest conversations we have are on social media. It feels like we’ve lost the ability to make small talk with people in public. Don’t get me wrong, I realize there are some scary people out there, and when they come walking directly at me I am thinking the same thing everyone el … [Read more...]

Winter Blahs and SAD

One of the best Christmas parties I ever attended was in the middle of January. I was living in North Carolina at the time and an ice storm knocked out power for nearly a week. It hit about two days before the party was originally scheduled and there was no way to get it set back up before the … [Read more...]

The meaning of success

The start of a new year is when I take stock of where I am in life. Resolutions tend to be about what we want to change (weight, exercise, smoking), but I’m talking about assessing success. For the record, I don’t think of myself as successful. Largely because that word has many different mea … [Read more...]

Don’t forget your water

I still vividly remember where I was and what I was doing. I'm sure you do, too. My phone started buzzing with that irritating emergency alert noise. I looked at it and was stunned to read the message. We couldn't use our water for anything other than flushing toilets until further notice. I … [Read more...]