General stuff

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…

Half way there

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” “Settle down kids, we’re half way there,” my dad reassured us on the long drive to Grandma’s house.  We settled back in the big black vinyl seat with our comic books and toys.  There was something comforting about “half way there.” It showed we were really making…

Doing your part

I remember back when my wife and I bought a new sectional couch for our first home, a condo in Tustin, CA.  We were so excited when it arrived, but soon realized we hadn’t really planned for what to do with the old couch.  We could put an ad in the paper or try to…

Clearing the bleachers

Clearing the bleachers could be a glorious description of a home run ball landing in the San Francisco bay outside AT&T park.  In one of my childhood little league games, it meant something completely different.  It was an important playoff game in the 12 and under division.  Our Farm Bureau Co-op team was up against…

The $5000 chicken nugget

My teenage son was NOT hungry.  That should have been our first warning sign.  He complained about an upset stomach and the usual remedies did not help.  Within an hour he was doubled over in pain and we could not figure out why.  My wife Carol asked him again, “Are you SURE you didn’t eat something strange…