Rick Watson

6 days 14 hours ago
I have had some setbacks in my professional career over the past few months and I guess it is only natural that I would ask myself some hard questions. Like: Why am I even trying to succeed in this business? Wouldn’t it be easier to aim lower? Or, I gave it my best shot, why don’t I just quit? I went for a walk, as I often do...
1 week 6 days ago
Jilda and I went out of town recently and one establishment needed to check our identification. She dug through her purse (I call it a duffle bag) and then handed the woman her driver’s license. The woman rubbed her thumb over the date to make sure she read it right and then said, “You don’t look 62.” Jilda beamed and...
2 weeks 6 days ago
As I have gotten older I have found that I am slow to anger, but as I was standing in line at a fast-food restaurant recently, an inconsiderate young woman in front of the line pushed me over the edge. She was chatting on her cell phone while the order-taker stood there tapping keys waiting to take the talker’s order. Instead of telling...
3 weeks 6 days ago
You will not see our yard featured in Southern Living Magazine, nor will you see a beautification award posted by the drive, but through the years, the yard has evolved, and seems to have taken on the quirky personalities of Jilda and me. It suits us. We do not use poisons in our yard on things that attack our trees and shrubs. We pull the...
4 weeks 6 days ago
I got up earlier than usual today. Jilda and I both had doctor appointments, so I slipped out of bed and jabbed the brew button on the coffeemaker with a sleepy finger before heading to the bathroom to get ready. As I splashed hot water from the sink on my face to shave around my beard, steam fogged the glass, so I wiped it with the heel of my...
5 weeks 6 days ago
There is an old pickup truck behind our barn that was once the color of a spring sky, but years of dust, bird droppings, and a tarp of atrophy have changed the color to a dappled blue. It must have been beautiful when it was new, but things get older. The first few years that Jilda and I were married neither of us made minimum wage so our...
6 weeks 11 hours ago
There is a game I play with Caillou (our collie) each evening when I step down to feed the deer some corn. I call it fetch the can.  Unlike a tennis ball, the plastic can is too big to fit in his mouth. So when I toss it, he has to wrestle with it for a while to get his mouth around it. I should YouTube this game sometime because it is...
10 weeks 6 days ago
I was stationed at Fort Sherman in Panama in the early 1970s, which was a remote Army complex on the Atlantic end of the canal. The fort was situated on a small finger of land separating the Bay of Colon and the Atlantic Ocean.  There were several barracks and some housing for officers, but less than 30 full-time residents lived there....
11 weeks 6 days ago
The mention of the word heaven brings up images in everyone’s heads. When we ask people to describe what heaven looks like, most of those images would be quite different. Some rely on the descriptions in the Good Book with its pearly gates and streets of gold, but others hold a more modernistic view. I am not here to debate it one way...
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