Butler’s great expectations

Disappointment is relative.  In my experience, it usually comes from not meeting expectations… but what or who actually determines those expectations?  Opinions from so-called experts and the general public can be arbitrary and out of your control.  Expectations you set for yourself are more controllable.  Or are they? In 2010 the Butler basketball team wowed…

The elastic limit

Our high school science teacher passed out rubber bands to the class and asked us to slowly stretch them between our fingers.  A little more.  A little more.  Each of us stopped when we knew it was about to snap.  He was illustrating the concept of the elastic limit, that point where an elastic substance…

Good news top 9

It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I am literally looking for good news today. If you clicked to read this based on the title, you’re probably looking for good news too.  My current mental state is a result of recent human loss, hostility and uncertainty on a worldwide scale. Even the weather is depressing right…

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…

The time of your life

Much has been written and sung about the passage of time, and whether we make the most of every minute. We cruise along the road of life like a cross-country family vacation, stopping at pre-determined attractions to have the “time of our lives.” If we look out the window in between, we can also see…

Turning points

The employee holiday party at the skating rink was raging, and there was no rule against alcohol.  Thursday afternoon was the only time available for our party and we were having a great time.  Some were skating, some were playing free Asteroids and some were having a few too many Molson Goldens. The problem with…

Move the rock

It was a dark and starless night as I rounded the bend on that remote stretch of road. My eyes were tired after a long day at work, and I was zoning out on the drive home. The back road from Livermore to Tracy cuts through rocky hills with tight twists and turns along the…

The price of admission

I’ve heard the first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one. Sounds easy enough. However, most people won’t admit they have a problem because of the price they have to pay to admit it. The price could be risk, embarrassment, guilt and even public humiliation… so maybe it’s just safer to live with…

Who do you love?

Loving relationships can be hard.  But no matter how hard they become, living without love is even harder.  So we do the best we can, making some mistakes and trying to correct them along the way.  If we’re lucky, we get to experience the joy of being loved and a human connection that lasts a…