Something to Believe in (Linus 3:16)

I had a moment of inspiration while listening to a Poison song on my flight from Austin to San Francisco this morning. In my mind’s eye, I see you scratching your head and raising your eyebrow right now—most of you, that is, except my friend Tara D’Onofrio who still...

The Show Must Go On

When I was in high school, I got into Queen—I mean really into Queen (I had a copy of A Night at the Opera well before Wayne’s World re-popularized Bohemian Rhapsody). While I loved Freddie’ Mercury’s vocals, it was guitarist Brian May who hooked me.  There is...

Appeasing the puppet masters of my mind

I have a lot of quirky characteristics but perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch is the fact that I don’t like it when people buy gifts for me. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the kindness of the gesture, that I feel unworthy of the gift, or that I immediately feel...

When art imitates life

I’m someone who likes to embrace new challenges and walk unfamiliar paths. I first realized this about myself when I found that I was getting bored in my first career as a marketing professional; I worked for a large consumer packaged goods company and literally...

Three Little Birds

This time of year, the Carlon family welcomes a regular visitor to our house, well, to the door of our house. We call her mamma bird and every year she builds a new nest in the wreath that hangs on our front door. She builds these wreaths twig by twig and takes her...

An Act of Kindness

I sat at a table in a community style cafe and went against convention by ordering a tea. I’m like that, a non-conformist. At another place in another time I may have been branded a troublemaker, but this was 2018 and the only thing that concerned my waitress...