Archive for July 2014

Songs, Tastes and Smells that Take us Back

Have you ever heard of Cucumber Sandwich popcorn? Yeah, me neither. But a local popcorn place here in Northwest Indiana devised this salty, dilly, delicious concoction to which I am addicted. I like salty, savory snacks, so maybe it’s no surprise that I’m such a big fan of the Cucumber Sandwich flavor. However, I think... Read more »

What I Miss the Most

One hour. Write about a person, place or thing that I miss. There are plenty of people I could write about, and I’ve traveled and moved enough that I’m sure I could think of a place that I miss. Turns out what I miss the most is a thing: yesterday. I’m 13,250 days old. That’s... Read more »

Please Quit Saying That! Part Two

My last post was an ode (Shakespeare’s invention) to my discontent (that’s another) over some people’s addiction (another) to using certain phrases. Languages are constantly evolving, and we’d like to think that evolution means improvement, but I’m not so sure. So here’s another rant (Thanks again, Shakes!) about annoying phrases. I concluded my last post... Read more »

Please Quit Saying That! Part One

It’s said that Shakespeare used around 17,677 different words in his writings. About one-tenth of those words, somewhere around 1,700, had never been seen before. Little Willie Shakespeare just made them up. And these aren’t obscure words that you’ve never heard before. You’ve probably used some of them today and not even realized that they... Read more »

PB&J the Right Way

On the Great Husband and Wife Argument Scale, the question of how to properly make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich might not seem like a big deal, but it is. And if you disagree, then you’re obviously not a PB&J aficionado like me. My wife and I have an ongoing “discussion” (pleasant argument) about... Read more »

How to Tell the Difference Between Kids and Dogs

I like dogs. I understand why people have dogs for pets and why people love their dogs so much. That being said, I’m still amazed at the phenomenon of people referring to dogs as their kids. It seems like almost every dog owner that I’ve ever met has done this. If you refer to your... Read more »

Where Are All the Films About the Eighties?

One of the distinct joys of parenthood is exposing my kids to the movies that I loved when I was a kid. And my kids’ ages cover such a wide span (age 3-17 years old) that it gives me an excuse to re-visit childhood favorites more than once. Last night we revisited one of my... Read more »

It's More than just Picking your Own Food

There are few things as basic and essential to human life as food. Another basic need is family. So it makes sense that when you combine food and family great things happen. Much has been made in recent years about the importance of families eating dinner together. It provides a chance for everyone to come... Read more »

In Defense of Running Out of Gas, Repeatedly

I have run out of gas eight times. I think. There are eight times that I remember, and that’s the number that I usually mention when telling my running out of gas stories, but it might actually be more than that. Yes, I have running out of gas stories. Don’t you? It’s not just me,... Read more »

Can’t Do it Yourself? Just Hire Someone Younger!

The phone rang and I heard my wife’s voice on the other end of the line. “Something’s wrong with Trevor’s car.” Trevor is our seventeen-year-old daughter’s boyfriend. “It’s the starter. Or the radiator. Or the alternator. Is that a thing? An alternator. I mean, I know it’s a thing, but is it something on a... Read more »