Santa Claus in Summer?

I once met a summertime Santa Claus. I have a photo to prove it. Back in the day, say when I was about five, my family drove from Nebraska to Colorado. I remember fuzzy bits and pieces of that trip, but my favorite memory is meeting Santa Claus at the North Pole...
Two Words Worth Remembering

Two Words Worth Remembering

Some words are worth remembering. America boasts some of the best two-word combos on the planet. Mashed potatoes. Fried chicken. Amazon Prime. Apple Inc. Walt Disney. In chapter one of my Two Days Longer book, I tell of an elderly widowed farmwife who quizzes me on...
How to See and Not Just Look

How to See and Not Just Look

Life has a way of messing with your vision. Oh, to see and not just look. Some days tough situations blur your eyesight. Other days certain people leave you squinting and rubbing your eyes in disbelief. What the heck just happened here? Are you kidding me?! There’s...
When Men Cry

When Men Cry

Yesterday I experienced something of a rarity in my life. Watching a grown man cry. Genuine tears. Tears of brokenness. Tears of sadness. Tears of grief. You see, my longtime neighbor died this week of heart issues, and this was her 40-something son talking to me from...