Just Right

  “The coffee was hotter and blacker than the sins of the devil himself. But it tasted just right, you might say.” Louis L’Amour ********** Life demands verbal responses. The choices are many, from the crude to the superlative. Finding the appropriate middle ground is a challenge. ‘Just right’ might be the perfect choice for …

Whistling

  Whistling…you either can or you can’t. There’s no middle ground. ********** I was about 10 years old when I first heard the question, “Son, what do you want to do when you grow up?” I knew without even thinking…. all I ever really wanted was to be able to whistle. It’s a tough question …

Taking a Knee

“So here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.” Travis Tritt wrote those lines, having been shafted by a romance gone bad. Country music can synthesize anything with these ‘somebody done somebody wrong songs.’ They lend substance to America’s self-indulgent malaise. Everybody’s protesting something. Everywhere there’s Unrest, Disunity, Dysfunction and Inequity. It’s a cacophony of chaos. …

Trucks with Ladders

Admit it, some things in life spook us, like being behind trucks with ladders. ********** They’re everywhere, these pickups, their loose ladders bouncing about, deadly potential projectiles threatening with every bump to pierce your windshield and remove your head. Oh, the paranoia. Recently I’m driving down a two-lane highway at a pretty good clip. The …

Slang It to Me

The venerable, time-tested idioms and clichés are rusting out. They’re about to bite the dust. Acronyms and instagrams of verbal arcana now rule, the new Esperanto. I’ve dusted off and cobbled together a few old ones. They still tell it like it is. ********** We live in a culture of idiomatic clichés. We’re comfortable with …

Fitting In

  It’s easy to fit in…it takes courage to step out. ********** I’m reading La Rochefoucauld’s maxims. This one catches my interest: “In every walk of life each man puts on a personality and outward appearance so as to look what he wants to be thought. In fact, one might say that society is entirely …

Of Brains and Sponges

Brains and sponges have something in common: they require squeezing on a regular basis to remain useful. Sponges are simple, utilitarian tools. Our household has lots of them, big ones, small ones, all colors. They’re mainly used for cleaning dirty dishes, a simple task requiring little brain function, which explains why men are sometimes assigned …