The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

  This saying had always confused me. Which tree are we talking about here? The mother’s or the father’s?  Whose tree is it? Does the mother decide that the child’s scandalous behavior has fallen from the father’s tree, and not her own? Or what does the father think? He “knows” such behavior wasn’t allowed in his family, so the apple must be in closer proximity to his spouse’s tree. I’m an empty, barren tree myself, I’ve never had children, so I don’t know what parents thin...
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Old Age Finally Sets In

  It’s now official – I’m an old man. Not that I haven’t looked old for quite a while, I’m finally starting to feel old. This condition sets in when you have body pains that have no known origin. This is beginning to happen to me on a semi-regular basis now. For example, about 3 weeks ago I strained my back, but I don’t actually remember straining it. My lower left side started aching, and it was difficult to move around without feeling intense pain. It’s not gall stones, spleen d...
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I Am Number 4

Growing up as the 4th child (middle child), of 6 had advantages and disadvantages. The advantages: the parents are over the novelty of having children by this time. They aren’t overly protective – as they were with the first born. They aren’t as strict with you. They let you muddle through things. They aren’t uptight about a lot of things. Of course, depending on how you look at it, this could be considered a disadvantage. But I never considered it a disadvantage. It was fun. The disad...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

  In this continuation of yesterday’s post (An Honest Person), I decided to name it after my favorite movie of all time, which I had never seen until well into my thirties, when I was staying with my oldest brother and his family one Christmas holiday. It reinforced what I suppose I always knew – that everyone’s life has meaning, and that little things can cause huge ripple effects, a lot of times when we aren’t even aware of them. But more on that another day. So there I was, in ...
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An Honest Person

I"ve written about the jungle of thievery we inhabit (Lost and Found, The Bicycle), but what about the honest souls we occasionally stumble upon? They certainly don’t get their due. I need to tell about the anonymous, honest soul who helped me. I was traveling on one of my many business trips out of state (The Appointment), and stopped at a convenience store in Kremmling, Colorado. I’m such a genius because I always put my wallet in my front pocket. I fear pickpockets out in states where ...
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Fear of Flying

A business acquaintance of mine and his second wife were flying back from Europe, and the first thing I thought of was, if the plane crashed and they didn’t survive, who would get the inheritance? Don’t ask me why I think of these things, they just pop into my head – as if any of it was my concern, or why I would have such a morbid thought in the first place. I’m not afraid to fly – generally. It depends on the situation. I remember flying from San Diego to San Francisco once ...
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