Mike’s Musings

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...

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...

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 was the...

A Visit to Dad’s Corner

Joe Roberts Sr. took the news regarding his the state of his health with indifference; at 93 he felt as if he had a good run and now was as good a time as any to pass on. He had a full life which included serving his country in World War II, touring as a professional...

Supermarket Shuffle

Market segmentation is the practice of dividing a population into smaller, unique groupings of people for the purpose of targeting, product development, customer journeys, etc. Most of the time, a market segmentation study is done with a balance of rigor and...

Don and Arlene: This is Us

Sixty years ago today, my mother and father were married at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle, NY. The events of that day would produce four children, nine grandchildren, and four granddogs. From my parents' example I have learned many truths about marriage; the...

Another Trip Around the Sun

Yesterday marked the official beginning of my 44th year and I had a fantastic day celebrating it on the golf course with my twin brother Jimmy, my father Don, and my son Patrick. While we were checking in with the starter, I saw some guys with various cameras set up...