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CHAPTER FOURBABY’S FIRST PHOTOGRAPHSix months had passed. Winter had given way to the broiling Carolina summertime. Zander had grown from a paltry five pounds to a Buddha-like twenty five.He was so big and so rolly polly that when he sat on his haunches in the grass, Oriental people stopped beside him to pray toward the […]

If you have children, then here are some things you may have caught yourself saying over the years. If you don’t have children, never fear, you will undoubtedly utter these phrases, or something very much like them sooner or later. 1) “Zander, please stop hitting your sister in the face with that fishing pole. And […]

ANNOYINGAccording to the dictionary, the word, ANNOYING is a verb. It means to disturb or irritate. You want to know what my definition of annoying is? It’s trying to watch the ball game when your three year old daughter stands up on the couch, grabs onto the fleshy part of your earlobe and peers into […]

Verbose observations coupled with effusive bursts of prolixity. My children speak, babble and rhetorically ruminate over everything they see. They find traffic lights absurd, an approaching thunder cloud unique, and a milk truck making deliveries both wonderful and pedestrian, depending on what moment of the day it isThough they are young, my loquacious children already […]

Like a lollipop coated with epidermis, Kenzie still sucks her thumb. It’s a flesh covered pacifier that placates her baby demons when times are rough. Lately times must be rough, because that thumb is always stuck in her pie hole. She looks like a circus freak with the omnipresent arm and elbow protruding form her […]

I remember it like it was yesterday. The images frozen into the cells of my mind by a wind chill factor somewhere near 40 below. When I first went on my interview nothing was ever said of the extreme coldand desolate vacuum that could snap a man’s bones simply from several minutes of exposure to […]

You know what’s Crazy? I’ll tell you what’s crazy! A coffee flavored cereal, that’s crazy. I’m watching Good Morning America recently. I’m sipping my morning cup of Joe and there are the GMA anchors going on and on about this new food product. I take a sip and watch for a moment. “MMMMM, I like […]

You know what’s crazy? I’ll tell you what’s crazy. Shoving water logged hot dogs into your mouth, one after another like a train of mystery meat entering a flesh tunnel. Now, that is crazy. Not only is it crazy, but it is disgusting, and at the same time compelling. Like watching a car wreck in […]

You know what’s crazy? Getting old is crazy. I’m old enough to remember watching Vietnam on TV. I’m old enough to remember where I was when men walked on the moon for the first time. I’m old enough to remember Nixon and Watergate and Hippies and Iran Contra and the Challenger Exploding. Even though I […]

You know what’s crazy? Bringing a firearm to church; that is crazy! Bring your love for God to church. Bring your respect for your fellow man to church. By all means open up your heart and your wallet and give to the church. But bringing your Glock to the house of God? Some would say […]