Casino Royale

     I wanted to do something special for my wife’s birthday this year. I thought an overnight trip to a Connecticut casino would be a nice mid-week surprise (and I had a Groupon for a great rate on a hotel room).      We packed a travel bag and began our journey to Foxwoods […]

Deja View

     Everything old is new again. And again and again and again. The current crop of TV show revivals makes me feel like I’m stuck in an endless time loop where nothing changes except the items advertised during the commercial breaks.      I looked forward to the return of one of my all […]

If a tree falls

     If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you are spending the night babysitting your grandchildren at your son’s house in Wilmington during a savage nor’easter, the answer is a resounding YES.      The excitement happened during the middle […]

Never Again?

     It happened again in February, another horrific school shooting, this time at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Every time newscasters say “Stoneman” my heart sinks as my mind hears “Stoneham”. This school shooting happened on Valentine’s Day, a day for acknowledging someone special in our life. Instead, seventeen special people […]

At Your Leisure

     The phrase “at your leisure” has lost all meaning in today’s impatient world. If there are more than two people in line at the grocery store, customers are wondering why the manager doesn’t open another cash register. Lots of people prefer self-check out for speedier service (unless I’m the customer in front of […]

I’m with Cupid

     Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter, just in time to warm my heart. This silly little Hallmark holiday has been a favorite of mine since grammar school. I enjoyed writing out valentine cards for all my classmates. I spent lots of time picking out the best one from the pack of 25 […]

38 Minutes

     The message was sent to everyone in Hawaii at approximately 8:00 am on a sunny Saturday morning. The peacefulness of paradise was suddenly interrupted across the state when cell phones simultaneously blared with an ominous buzz. A warning message lit up everybody’s screen: “Emergency Alert. Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound To Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. […]