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January 2017
As I Recall...

My First In-flight Emergency

All I could do was hope he lived through his motion sickness, because I couldn’t park and help him. He was on his own and continued to be very sick. I was no help to my cameraman either. He was now two seconds off of hysterical, but I had to stay focused on the problem.


Hobo Lessons

I don't know that I learned anything from a hobo that was really culturally enlightening, but I did learn a few things. I learned to not be too judgmental with people when I didn't know all the facts. I learned that there was good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us, and that I'm not smart enough to correctly rank them on any kind of a scale.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

A Terrified Grandfather

I was a bit apprehensive as I made the 10-minute walk to the church. It was dark and I have this thing about the forces of evil operating in the darkness. Blame that on the Manson trial and some of the other stories I have covered over the years.

Tunnel Visions

This New Year, A Muffled Drum Roll from Me, For Me, Then a Crescendo of Happiness

I try to tell myself to be realistic, my life is going fine. But the sounds of all these folks beating their own drums and tooting their own horns makes me deaf and discouraged.

One More Story...

Blizzard Fun

He dropped his pants and drawers, skinned off his shirt, and while we hooted and hollered, crawled onto the sill, screamed like Tarzan, and jumped. We laughed uproariously, jostling each other for a glimpse of Calvin, a porcelain doll buried up to his armpits, freezing in the snow bank.

December 2016

Jake’s First Christmas

We all looked at each other sideways, fearing the worst, and wondering who would be brave enough to see what it was. As it turned out, the mess was Jake’s bed, which he’d destroyed. Left alone for the first time, he must’ve gotten bored, attacked it and left it for dead. We didn’t know then that the bed was not the only casualty.

The Hippocratic Oaf

The Truth Be Told

So after a minute or so, while Mom was not looking I slipped a Mallo Cup into my pocket. It was easy, there were no witnesses and I remember wondering why this simple method of obtaining candy had never occurred to me before.

Just Sayin’

Her Name Was ‘Grandpa’

When she played or talked with you, she became your age. She even let us play with the wrinkles on her hand, and make fun of her false teeth until she got new ones. She laughed at herself and was never embarrassed by any of us.

Just Sayin’

Look for the Star

On Christmas eve I would lay awake and listen for Santa. I often would sneak down the stairs to see if he had come. Then when I would get to the bottom step I would quickly run back to my room scared to death. I was afraid he would be there and wouldn't leave me anything because I was sneaking! Being six is very complex.

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My belief is that you are never alone, never forgotten and never not loved. The baby born long ago came to us to tell us that very thing. "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world," is what He said when he grew up. I know that He is.


Being Famous

And then came the question sliding out of left field: “Are you famous?” Along with the most natural of follow-ups, of course: “Do you know the President?” I responded that I did not, in fact, know the President, but that I thought it would be ever so much fun if I did.

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