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  • None of My Business

    None of My Business

    I’ve spent a lot of time and energy — many lost hours and years — worrying how people perceived me. Whether or not they liked me. Did I say something weird or was I misunderstood? Was I dressed appropriately? Was that joke weird or did they get it? I’ve decided that what people think of…

  • Why Do We Think What We Think?

    Why Do We Think What We Think?

    Groupthink makes me cranky. The most important thing we can teach our children is to think for themselves. You might argue that teaching them to respect all other beings is a tad bit more important. I grant you, I thought of that as well. But I believe that if they can think for themselves, respect…

  • Keeping Up With the Joneses

    Keeping Up With the Joneses

    Just when I think I’m immune to keeping up with the Joneses, I wonder something like that. Is that what home ownership does to you?

  • Read, Rinse, Repeat

    Read, Rinse, Repeat

    There are a few books in my life that I reread over and over. Sometimes it’s ten or even twenty years between reads, but I always go back to them.

  • Measure twice, cut once

    Measure twice, cut once

    I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot lately as we’re moving into our new home.

  • LA to Chicago: Day 5

    LA to Chicago: Day 5

    Finally! The last leg of the trip. We woke up tired, but ready to make the journey home. Home home. Our home.

  • LA to Chicago: Day 4

    LA to Chicago: Day 4

    Oklahoma City to Fairview Heights, IL I should mention that I have driven across the country a few times in the past. In fact, I’ve driven the exact reverse trip from the West Chicago suburbs to Phoenix twice — once in 1980 and again in 1995. Then there was NYC to L.A. in late 2000…

  • LA to Chicago: Day 3

    LA to Chicago: Day 3

    Albequerque to Oklahoma City After the early morning charge, I went back to the hotel and picked up some free breakfast (gotta love the Fairfield Inn). Despite the free breakfasts along the way, we still find ourselves stopping at Starbucks to grab some good coffee. The landscape throughout Arizona and New Mexico is beautiful. I’ve…

  • LA to Chicago: Day 3, Morning

    LA to Chicago: Day 3, Morning

    It’s 6:00 AM and I’m sitting in a mall parking lot. I didn’t intend to get up this early, and I’m not shopping for shoes. I’m charging Betty.​

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