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…

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…