Seize The Day

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” That was the parting sentiment John Keating gave to his class at the end of the movie “Dead Poet’s Society.” It inspired a generation to live their lives beyond the status quo. To him, confining oneself to the expectations of authority just because it was…

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

“Old buddy, that’s politics. After six o’clock, we can be friends, but before six, it’s politics,” Tip O’Neill’s response to Ronald Regan when the president called to smooth the waters after a day of political banter. The mood in politics was different in that era. The president would routinely invite members of Congress from both…

Signs of Life

Bam! The thunderous sound came from outside the local Wendy’s where I worked at the sandwich station. Everyone ran out to investigate, only to discover a gruesome scene. A motorcycle crashed into the back of a flatbed truck as it turned onto the street. The rider met an unfortunate end because he decided to have…

Thirty Cans of Beer and a Red Dixie Cup

“How much beer do you drink a day?” It was typical to see Jim with a red Dixie cup filled with beer laying down under the tree where he lived. He had traveled the world and lived a productive life, but a path of addiction led him to this spot under a tree in New…

The Day Cod Came to Work

“Why do I smell fish?” That was the cry of horror coming from outside the break room, where I sat delightfully enjoying a cod filet seasoned with garlic and herbs. I could hear footsteps pacing between the desks as my anti-fish nemesis approached the break room door. The peaceful oasis of the break room was…

Echo

The sound was deafening! New York City in October was an excellent setting for a worship conference, and the musician leading music on the closing night was a phenomenal musician. The stage was beautifully set in an old cathedral with its ceiling vaulting into the sky, and the beauty of the architecture screamed out the…

When the Waves Come Crashing Down

I thought I was going to die! After a wave had pushed me underwater, I surfaced, gasping for air only to find its partner bearing in on me for the kill. Just moments before, I was laughing and enjoying the day by cooling off at the waterpark. In an instant, a muscle cramped, and I…