Day 6,626 – High School Graduation

I live in a neighborhood directly across the street from a high school. Like every year, the banner goes up in front of the neighborhood entrance congratulating the seniors who are moving on to the next phase of their lives. This school routinely graduates about 550-600 kids each year. I went to the school my…

Day 20,089 – An Actual Birthday!

Life has a way of presenting opportunity. My work sometimes requires me to travel, and today I find myself celebrating my fifty-fifth birthday in a place I would never have expected – Buenos Aires, Argentina. While my work brought me here, it was my most special friend, my wife, who made it into a birthday…

Day 5,189 – Change Is Hard

When I consider the many road trips I have been part of in my life, from my first trip to New York City to times I have taken my family to Cedar Point, to the holiday trips to see family, I can’t imagine taking them without the Interstate system of roads we use today. But…

Day 7,431 – I Can Make Music

One of the advantages of living at home while going to college is the financial opportunity. I went to a state school, I wasn’t charged room or board, and I had good jobs as an engineering co-op student. Since computer gadgets didn’t yet exist, my interests were much more in music. I had already built…

Day 7,046 – Sleep is Overrated

I ran across this quote recently, and it made me think about my first all-nighter: Sometimes, exhausted / with toil and endeavour, / I wish I could sleep / for ever and ever; / but then this reflection / my longing allays: / I shall be doing it / one of these days. -Piet Hein,…

Day 20,007 – I AM an Athlete!

There have been a few times in my adult life when I decided I needed to exercise more and tried running. It didn’t take too well. Eventually some reason came along to get in the way. Inconvenient to schedule due to weather or light, boring, hard to measure results, can’t seem to find the right…

Day 5,128 – I’m Not an Athlete

I’ve alluded to it in at least one other post, but I did not do well in sports as a kid. I played baseball and basketball in elementary and middle school, but more out of peer pressure than interest. That’s what we did when we played outside. In my grade school, we had gym class…

Day 4,448 – I Rule Out “Baseball Player” as a Career Choice

Maybe I gave up to soon. Maybe steroids would have helped – if we knew what they were and how to get them. But I was pretty sure somewhere in my thirteenth year that the game of baseball was one I would enjoy from the stands more than from the field. There are many signs…

Day 19,999 – Today

Like most people, I enjoy a little special attention, and gifts, and cake of course. But I never have been a big birthday person. Years come and go, but the markers – the milestones – are the events that have an impact on your life. The ones that make you consider your core values and…

Day 5,209 – Team Work Leads to Amazing Results

I was seven years old when I started to learn everything I could about the space program. The manned space program. The Mercury program. Just before I turned seven, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. But day 5,209 was the day that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. It was…