Hope Comes First

Hope Comes First

The old house had stood abandoned for far longer than when I first encountered it thirty-five years ago. The windows, boarded up tightly against the elements, caused the house to appear sightless. Then last week I saw as I drove by it that something appeared to be...
Chains

Chains

When I awoke this morning, the word “chains” was on my brain. I tried to recall what dreams I might have had which would have produced that effect, but nothing came to me. But all day, my thoughts kept returning to why chains would be important. Don’t bother Googling...
Go Knock On Doors

Go Knock On Doors

Fictional homicide detective Harry Bosch has a poster on his cubicle wall that says this: Get off your ass and go knock on doors. Perhaps I should have cleaned that up and said rear. Or butt. Or keister. (But then my weird memory recollected that President Ronald...
The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

William Shakespeare had an alternate way of saying it: “Play out the play.” In “Henry the IV” Bardolph and Falstaff are interrupted by the Sheriff and his officers who have come to search the house. Falstaff admonishes Bardolph to wait, to go on with their plans....
Paying Attention On Purpose

Paying Attention On Purpose

People are amazed that Grace, my beagle, rarely barks. Beagles are infamous for being loud and constant barkers. In fact, when I Googled the subject, here are the most often asked questions on the topic: Do beagles bark more than other dogs? Do beagles ever stop...