The Real Reason We All Love Casablanca So Much

The movie Casablanca is about a lot of things, but maybe the real romance is the one that happens before the movie begins and after it ends. The story of Ilse and Victor Lazlo.

My Fine Feathered Friend

I'm not a Twitter aficionado, but I get it. It's here to stay at least for now. So what's the point of it? Well, as one very annoy song from the 60s put it -- Bird is the word.

Carl Jung and Robert Heinlein Starring as Dr. Spock!

It’s that time of the year again – some might say it’s the most wonderful time of the year – when the kids are going off to college for the first time, or returning to school. Some houses will be quieter than they’ve been in many years. Still it’s better to be glad than sad, so here are a few wise and funny thoughts about child rearing and those people we call parents.

A Canterbury Tale

"When April with his showers sweet with fruit The drought of March has pierced unto the root" it's time to take a train ride to Chaucer town.

What are we waiting for?

Recently I got to thinking about what I've learned during this first year of having no kids at home (on a regular basis that is) and how if they are no longer the center of my life, then who is? Now wait......

I'm trying not to read too much into this

This posting is meant to be humorous, but all kidding aside, doesn't it sometimes seem like the most innocuous things conspire to keep us from doing our work or dare I say it fulfilling our destiny? Don't ask me, ask my oven.

The Walker and the Waiter

Have you ever noticed the disconnect between how we see ourselves and how others see us?  Have you ever wondered why that is?  Maybe it's because we are each the hero of our own story, but only a minor character in the plot line some one else's life.   Recently I got a glimpse of how I look to a 12 year old boy.  And wow let me tell you that was weird.  But also instructional.  I got to take a look at myself in the mirror of Luke.

Elegy for a not so Dearly Departed Dog

There's an old joke that goes, life begins when the kids move out and the dog dies.

Home Base for the Holidays

And they're back! First semester is over, Christmas is almost here, and I'm writing an essay......

The Empty Nest Workout Part One

No, this is NOT an essay about Tiger Woods, though, true, he may soon find himself with his own version of an empty nest. But who knows? The advice given here might actually help him, and anyone else who find themselves feeling a bit out of control.


It's one thing to redo your empty nest; it's another to move out while the nest is still full.

Time for Dinner

After many years the conversation continues.

Making Reparations

Some things are meant to be kept, some are meant to be tossed. But occasionally reparations can be made.

Baby Goes to College

Going to college is easy, staying behind is hard, not just for parents.  And sometimes going to college isn't so easy.  But in the words of Bob Marley, "in this great future, you can't forget your past.  So dry your tears I say."