Missing in Italy

Sometimes I shake my head wondering: did this really happen? I’ve waited for quite awhile to tell this story. It’s a rather sensitive matter, therefore, I will use almost all fictitious names to protect those involved. There are people in this story who were supportive, sympathetic, and brave and then there are the rest. I… Continue reading Missing in Italy

Filtering Yourself

Keeping your mouth shut these days is harder than shoving a passel of hogs into a tiny hog pen . . . at feeding time. I’ve been around for quite some time and I’ve never experienced anything like what we’re seeing today. Division, unrest, widespread racism, anger, pandemics, extreme climate change, and the list goes… Continue reading Filtering Yourself

Right Where I am Supposed to Be

Accept, Adjust and Adapt There have been many life lessons learned over the past couple of months. I can’t speak for those of us who were/are in quarantine with others and in fact, I cannot speak for those spending this time alone; I can only speak for myself. Clearly, this is and has been a… Continue reading Right Where I am Supposed to Be

Growing Up With Broadway

Too shy to be on stage, but happy to watch and dream. ​​”I got a feeling there’s a miracle due gonna come true, coming to me. Could it be? Yes it could. Something’s coming. Something good, if I can wait.” – West Side Story I was watching an interview with Dame Judi Dench, an actor… Continue reading Growing Up With Broadway

Dialogue With Yourself

  Here’s how the conversation might go on any given day: 5:15 a.m.:  Good morning! Where’s Paco (dog)? Paco! Paco! Come and say good morning because I have to get up to pee. Did I set up the coffee last night? You need to brush your teeth. Hey Paco, good morning, what a good boy,… Continue reading Dialogue With Yourself

Caring Too Much or Too Little

Developing a balance between empathy and good health is a formidable goal and this is a good time to work on it.     I have always been a bit too sensitive. I was bullied as a child because I cried easily (and I liked playing with girls . . . and I hated sports).… Continue reading Caring Too Much or Too Little

The Value of Education and What I Have Learned

Has My Ph.D. Paid Off? I was going to subtitle this piece:  Is a Ph.D. Worth the Time & Money? Then I realized how personal and subjective this question is for each individual who has one; therefore, this piece is about my degree.   When people learn that I have a Ph.D. in Higher Education… Continue reading The Value of Education and What I Have Learned

My Head Still Hurts

  This is my older sister Kat (short for Kathy, which she doesn’t like to be called). I love writing or calling her ‘my older sister.’ No matter how old we get, Kat will be my older sister. I know when she reads this she’ll say, “You fucker.” I’m going to tell you a story… Continue reading My Head Still Hurts

What in the World?

How does one reconcile, in one’s mind, the hate and corruption one sees throughout the world? The sad answer is that it’s almost impossible to make it right and all you can do is your best.   This past week was a difficult one for me. I wonder if I should even write while I’m… Continue reading What in the World?