Friday, December 30th was the last work day of 2016 for me, and I felt the need to do something special to close out 2016.  A final small celebration of how 2016 had turned out pretty well, despite its inauspicious start. So, on the way to the office, I pulled into Chick-fil-A. Now, stopping at my favoriteRead more

An Asterisk (For Now)

While I fancy myself more Batman than Superman (my Flash days are long behind me), I do have my own Kryptonite:  heat and humidity.  So, back in late May, when I decided to train for another crack at a sub-twenty minute 5K, the weather in the Midlands of South Carolina looked to be the fly inRead more

You’re Fired!

If I was a drinking man, this might have been me in 2016: Sitting on this barstool, talking like a damn fool Got the twelve o’clock news blues And I’ve given up hope for the afternoon soaps And a bottle of cold brew Is it any wonder I’m not crazy? Is it any wonder I’m saneRead more

So Close – But Yet…

I am a great starter. Need someone to run the first twenty miles of a marathon? No problem.  Need to tear apart an old Jeep in hopes of rebuilding it? Give me a wrench. Want to paint the master bathroom?  Let’s go to Sherwin Williams. Oh…Wait…You want a finisher? Well, hold on there, pardner. Finishing isRead more

Lessons from NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo. That’s a weird word.  I bet you’re asking “What in the world is NaNoWriMo?” NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  This is an event/contest put on each November by the folks at NaNoWriMo.org, a non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, is to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around theRead more


Maybe its an age thing because I’ve now lived long enough for them to seem major. Milestones. Seems they lurk everywhere I turn these days. Ten year work anniversary. Twenty-five years since college graduation. And this week – the twentieth anniversary of my grandfather’s death. Miles Robert Gregory was born April 11, 1919 and died JulyRead more

A Tale of Two Lizards

The one year anniversary is approaching of one of my recent experiments – Hagar, my pet chameleon.  Thankfully, this latest shot at reptile raising has been much better than previous attempts – geckos Skynyrd I and Skynyrd II  didn’t even scare the one year mark, collectively.  Maybe I learned something from the original lizards, but I think veiledRead more