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…

Get busy livin’

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” Andy Dufresne uttered these words in a pivotal scene from the movie Shawshank Redemption, and it came back to me today as I contemplated the news I just received.  I’ve invested a lot in “gettin’ busy living” over…

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…