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

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


A couple of weeks ago, I visited my grandparents’ house.  Mom’s side.  I say house because my grandparents weren’t there.  This year will mark the 20th anniversary of my grandfather’s death, and my grandmother lives in a nursing home. Dementia stole her mind several years ago. The house has been vacant for many years andRead more