If the shoe fits

When you like something or get used to doing something the same way over a span of years, sometimes it can be hard to change things up. I’ve noticed lately that I have that problem with shoes. For example, I wrote recently that I went out on a limb and bought myself a pair of …

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Leaving home

My friends say we're being silly, but my wife and I are convinced that our kids are "abandoning" us, leaving us for brighter more exciting lights. Our daughter drove back to college this weekend; our son will be leaving home in less than twenty-some days to start boot camp. They’ve given up the comforts of …

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Opening the presents

I took a few minutes on Christmas Day after our presents had been exchanged, the wrapping paper ripped away, and the newness of the day had worn off to look over "the crazy mess" beneath our tree. My wife and kids gave me several presents that I'll cherish for years to come including a new leather …

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No room at the inn

I’ve written a lot of content over the years, blogs, newspaper articles, executive presentations and speeches, marketing content, scripts, plays, and even an old discarded novel to name a few. When I go back and read some of the things that I’ve written, most times I cringe. I’m like an actor who can’t stand watching …

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Our last Christmas

When the third and final ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in the classic novel, "A Christmas Carol," takes Ebenezer Scrooge to the churchyard and shows him his own grave stone, Scrooge is overwhelmed with fear and pleads with the spirit to give him another chance. He promises to turn a new leaf, to …

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The reason for the season

I guided my cart through the Target Department Store not really paying attention. With Halloween coming soon, many shoppers were loading up on candy and treats. The store was so busy that I came close to running into an older women and what I assumed was her grandchild. My wife had sent me to the …

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Longing for the cool kicks

I couldn’t help myself. I was looking something up online and I happened to come across the advertisement that included a picture of the shoes, a pair of tan blucher moccasins, the kind of shoe that I loved when I was in college. I soon found myself placing the shoes in the site's shopping cart …

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A Hallmark kind of Christmas

I put on my coat to run a couple of errands and my wife was positioned comfortably on our living room sofa watching the latest Hallmark Christmas movie. In the minute it took to tell my wife goodbye and kiss her on the cheek, I got the lay of the land: Young advertising executive Melanie …

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Things that can’t be bought

The commercial flashed by on my television screen last year and was gone in 60 seconds. I’m not sure when it first caught my notice, sometime in November or December, possibly during a football game or late one evening watching a movie. I was sitting in our living room, half-heartedly paying attention to the TV, …

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Looking for our seat in the front row

When I was a young kid, my parents got my brothers and I up early one Saturday morning to make the three-hour drive to Pittsburgh to see my favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. I could barely hold in my excitement. The game would be my first Major League Baseball game. The drive went past …

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