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Have you ever noticed athletes who point upward in a gesture to thank God, the Universe, or whatever higher power they believe in when they make a great play, but then they swear like drunken sailors when they drop a ball or miss the easy shot? I started pondering this double standard phenomenon a while […]

We All Need To Fish More

  We All Need To Fish More When I lived in Cayman I used to watch the gentleman in this photo walk out on the rocks and drop his line in the water nearly every day. He was possibly the worst fisherman in history and I never saw him catch a single fish. As a […]

What’s In A Name?

I’ve always had more than one “given” name. Legally, my name is Brian, but my father called me Ben as far back as I remember. I can only presume my legal name was one of the few arguments he ever lost with my Mother. Losing the argument didn’t seem to have much affect on him […]

The Washing Machine

“Supposed to snow this weekend. I guess I’ll have to get the washing machine out of the front yard.” To most of you, I’m guessing this doesn’t make much sense. A couple of weeks ago, I wouldn’t have understood it either, but then I talked to my brother and he said, “Supposed to snow this […]

Island Time

    Have you ever heard of the phrase, “island time”? Do you think you know what it means? Island time does not refer to an attitude or a pace of life adapted by tourist while on vacation in the islands. That’s vacation time and it’s a temporary condition. Island time is a perpetual, until […]


Songs, books, legends and wars are based on the ideal of freedom. Peasants and slaves both sought freedom from tyrannical lords of the land. Citizens seek freedom from government. Mankind seeks freedom to travel the universe. Millions strive for spiritual or financial freedom. Teenagers seek freedom from their parents. Parents seek freedom from their teenagers. […]

Universal Pot Luck

Clemson University Dining facility does theme nights. One of them was Maximum Mexican Night. It goes without saying Mexican night in the dining hall consisted of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, Mexican rice and other Mexican type food. To compliment the theme, the staff wore sombreros and played Mariachi music. By all accounts, Mexican theme night was […]

Grocery Store Gift Card

I try not to get too overly concerned with how people find out so much about me these days. It seems they can find out anything and everything they want. So, when I received a flyer in the mail that was addressed to me, by name in lieu of “Resident”, it didn’t raise any flags. […]