My Stepfather Joe

 

                     He usually was smiling

Joe was my stepfather, but he was so much more to me than just a substitute dad for when my biological dad wasn’t around.  How does one go about writing a tribute story about someone they loved?  I guess it’s by sharing my favorite memories of that person.  This one is about my stepfather – Joe. Continue reading

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Death – I Ain’t Doin’ It

 

I just love you, love you, love you. I don’t even know the reason why. – Seals & Crofts

 

I/We, my wife and I, are responsible for the death of a precious life; a hummingbird.  I guess this is as good a time as any to write about everyone’s favorite topic – death.  Continue reading

Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

 

Breakfast of Champs?

 

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day; so said Lenna Cooper in 1917.  Since then though, that slogan’s been hijacked by the likes of Cap’n Crunch and Fruit Loops.  I will say though that when I was raising my boys, breakfast was the ‘most memorable’ meal of the day.  Continue reading

Taco Bell – Where People Go to Grow

 

        Ours looked just like this one

 

My very first real job was for Taco Bell.  I started as a regular hourly worker and was eventually ‘fired’ (link) while serving as the second youngest Store Manager in the country.  I’ve already written a few Taco Bell related stories but there are so many additional memories from that time of my life.  I’m not sure where this story will go but I wanted to see if I could jot the rest of them down and hope they fit together somehow.
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On the Edge of Sanity….(almost) – #3

The Art Department has been extremely busy this summer…….GOLFING!  As I was taxiing her to the airport this morning, (as I am writing this), she texted to me several pictures to choose from for this next cartoon episode of my insanity.  I got this idea one day as I was scooping a bee out of our swimming pool, hoping to save the little fellow.  It was right around the time of Earth Day on our calendar.  My mind just sort of began wandering – ‘helping the bees, saving the bees, help me bee, help me old bee….’  And that’s when it hit me  – Obi Wan, Old Bee Juan, an Old Bee named Juan Keno-Bee.  We hope you enjoy.  I call this:

 

Save the Bees – Our Only Hope

 

 

Help us Old Bee Juan Keno-Bee. You’re Our Only Hope!

Ever Eat a Pine Cone? Many Parts are Edible

Ever eat a Pine Cone?

 

I don’t know what it is about my metabolism but I don’t typically feel hunger pangs, at least not on any type of normal schedule for people who have access to food whenever they want.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. I can definitely put away the food.     Continue reading

Thompson Park – Do You Remember the Company-Owned Family Park?

 

Entrance to a Day of Fun

As each generation grows older, it witnesses the disappearance of sights, sounds and activities.  We look back on those times and forgotten places often with remorse, but almost always with fondness. Every generation experiences this.  This month’s story is about one of those places; the company-owned recreation and activities park.
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The Great Nasal Spray Battle at Vacation Bible School

The real Slim Shady

Yesterday I read that Eminem was celebrating his 10th year being sober.  So glad for him and anyone who gets sober!  It got me to thinking about addictions and hard-to-break habits in general.  Someday I hope to write a story celebrating how I’ve finally kicked my bad nail biting habit….but not today.  Today I’m going to tell a tale about inheritance.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it.  Continue reading

The Flying Beer-Guzzling Roller Derby Girls of Easter Weekend in Phoenix

What would Easter be like without Roller Derby?

As I am writing this, Easter is quickly approaching so I am reminded of a very memorable Easter weekend.  What do golf scrambles, roller derby, the Easter Bunny and bloody noses all have in common?  If you said, “nothing”, well then you aren’t alone.  Everyone who just read that responded just as you did.  And just like you, they are wrong. You just can’t make this stuff up.  Continue reading

On the Edge of Sanity….(almost) – #2

Well it’s taken me some coaxing to encourage the ‘art department’ to produce the next creation.  The idea I shared to her was that I wanted to see a bunch of Elvis impersonators in a checkout line at a hotel.  That’s all I gave her.  We hope you enjoy.  I call this:

 

Checkout Time at the Heartbreak Hotel

 

           Thank you….thank you very much…..