Royal pain

I’m trying to figure out why the upcoming royal wedding between William and Kate is bothering me.  I respect cultural traditions and don’t mind them being kept alive. And I love that the British royal family does a lot of work for charity.  It’s just the concept of being “royal” in the first place that…

Up in the air

I was at Big Bear ski resort when I learned the proper way to get on a chair lift for three. Line up at the first red line; wait for the chair to swing around in front; and then do the quick shuffle walk up to the second red line. The next chair will gently…

Second seat on the left

I visited a friend in the hospital last night.  Tom Rosten was in a serious car accident and is in serious condition as I write this.  He was hooked up to all the tubes and wires and monitors that ICU has to offer. He was unable to speak but the nurse assured me he could…

My brother’s keeper

When you catch a fish big enough to take home, that’s called a keeper.  When you hear a bit of advice that’s big enough to take to heart, that’s a keeper too. In the midst of my brother Jeff’s battle with Multiple Myeloma, he uttered a keeper today. We were talking about what keeps him…

Men of a certain rage

I just watched President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for those who died in the Arizona shooting.  I like that he celebrated the heroes who stepped up to prevent more killing.  I like the way he called out each victim as an individual, and then collectively as a cross-section of America. And I appreciate…

Put me on survivor

The tribe has spoken. The winner of this season’s Survivor is… David Goad!  Wouldn’t it be cool to hear those words?  I’ve been watching this reality show since Sue’s rambling Rat and Snake speech in season one.   I know it’s basically the same formula each season with a few twists, but I find it interesting…

Tiger socks

When I was a young, my parents asked me to look through the Sears catalogue and pick out gift ideas to put on my Christmas list.  (For you Gen Y’ers, a catalogue is like a website, only much heavier and harder to rip.)  My earliest memory of this ritual was at age 5, when I…

Walk like the wind

It’s been a long journey and I’ve learned a few things That’s what a fundraising marathon brings I learned I’d go further than ever before I learned even then I could go a little bit more Up to 20 miles in my Nikes I ran Then I learned that I’m actually not Superman I learned…

Something to hold on to

I’m feeling grateful today. My brother is responding well to treatment and is on the road to recovery.  All of your prayers, well wishes and words of encouragement have done their part.  Jeff has done his part as well, toughing it out through a difficult and uncomfortable process.  In his own words… “After many days…