Take Your Goat Dancing

How do you “Hide Your Goat?” How do you chase away and ignore the things or the people who are weighing you down? One of the most beautiful people I have ever known is Mary, an old college classmate who I recently saw at the YMCA. No, she is not the Hollywood kind of beauty that is false and fleeting and doctored with Photoshop. Mary has a variant of Parkinson’s disease, and because of her medications, the muscles in her

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Good Neighbors

Remember the lyrics to Carole King’s song “So Far Away”? I sure do. The message goes all the way back to 1971. It was then very poignant, and as time has gone on it has taken on a deeper and richer meaning for me. In my youth, neighborhoods were, well, neighborhoods. We knew each other and, in many neighborhoods where we “came from the same town or village or spoke the same language,” there was an inescapable closeness. We all grew up,

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Find Your Beach

This past weekend, I received the picture above from a friend of mine who is taking a well-deserved vacation. It is only fitting that I reach back into my journalistic archives and share a popular article that I wrote prior to joining the world of social media.   A State of Mind We all have a sweet spot where everything seems to flow; where we feel happy, competent, and in sync with everything around us. Corona Extra, the number one

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Because You Were There

Every year, we travel along the coast and end up at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This summertime tradition started when I was a youngster. There is nothing quite like witnessing the roar of the Atlantic as it rolls along an expanse of sand. The ocean humbles us, and it is a reminder that our time on this earth is limited, and we are a small part of something much greater. If I close my eyes, I can still remember my

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