Being Anonymous

 I’ve always been an anonymous guy. That gifts, whenever possible, should be given without personal recognition. When you give to others, they should not know the giver. If I’m completely honest, I’ve probably been a little self-righteous about it all. I serve on the board for The Community Outreach, an organization that provides financial assistance,…

3 Lug Nuts and a Bald Tire

We attended the graduation of Dr. William, a medical student in the Dominican Republic. On our first full day there, we decided to go see the ocean. It is about an hour and a half drive from Santiago to the beach. We hired a driver and William borrowed a car from a friend. While grateful…

The Prison Life

Here is a problem that does not have an easy solution.  If you think people have a cushy life or that most people should be put in prison and throw away the key, I’m guessing you’ve not visited someone in prison.  There is a person that I visit every couple of months and while I…

Smells

You can read the brain physiology, but the connections between emotion and memory and smell are very tight.  It hit me the other night when I was using my snowblower on a freezing night with a scarf wrapped across my face.  It took me back to the three-hole facemask I wore as a kid.  That…

Showing Up

We watched the movie Hardball, with Keanu Reeves, the other night.  It’s a fairly predictable baseball movie where he works with a ragtag group of kids in the projects of Chicago that comes together to be a team. But two random reflections from the movie.  First, it was filmed in Cabrini Green, which was a…