12 weeks 1 day ago
“What if” is a term I am accustomed to hearing and saying.
During the years I spent in graduate school, we constantly asked “what if,” when evaluating potential strengths and weaknesses of a business proposition.
Then there is the age-old question: What if I won the lottery and suddenly had $100 million to...
13 weeks 1 day ago
I made a resolution this year that raised eyebrows with some of my friends. I resolved that there would be less Facebook and more face time with my friends.
Social media has become a way of life. The way we communicated with each other in the past has changed. Social media has given everyone a voice. It is like one of those cars with...
14 weeks 1 day ago
New Years celebrations have changed for Jilda and me. There were times in the past we spent New Year’s Eve wearing pointy hats, laughing, dancing, kissing, and toasting the New Year. By the time morning rolled around, my head felt as if an angry carpenter drilled holes in my head with a rusty brace and bit and filled it full of...
15 weeks 11 hours ago
I spend the waning weeks of each year in reflection, and a topic that has been on my mind this year is character. What is interesting is that an old door triggered this line of thought.
One day last week when the sun poked through clouds as gray as wood smoke, I decided to take advantage of the moment.
The dogs were...
16 weeks 15 hours ago
There are so many things that live in a special part of my memory that I only visit at Christmas time.
Our family’s tree when I was a child is one thing I keep there. When I was growing up, it would never have occurred to my mom or dad to buy a Christmas tree.
When it came time for the tree, my mom would send my older...
16 weeks 6 days ago
I sat on the couch daydreaming this afternoon as I often do when I am clueless about a topic for my column.
Experience has taught me that the slight buzzing in my ears is only temporary and caused by an approaching deadline whizzing toward me. It is a familiar sound that I often hear when I have writer’s block.
18 weeks 1 day ago
It is Christmas time at the Watson house. My wife Jilda and I have funny ideas about holidays. We like to celebrate Christmas at Christmas.
We have friends and family with grandchildren who are so excited that they put the tree up at Halloween. Usually by Christmas afternoon, they are sick of the tree.
We wait until the second...
19 weeks 1 day ago
December is a month of reflection for me. It is the time of year when I think back on everything that has happened. It seems to me with all things considered, the good times usually outweigh the bad.
When viewed in this way, it allows me to put things into perspective.
Most people do not keep journals, so in December trying to...
20 weeks 1 day ago
I was in the Army in November of 1971. My duty station was just outside New York City, which was about a million miles from home, or so it seemed.
Back then, the military had not gone all volunteer so they still paid slave wages to privates, and I could not afford a plane ticket home.
For the first time in my life, I could not...