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The Barber of Steubenville

I’m half-awake and I’m listening to the Barber of Steubenville.

I can’t remember if I think his voice is really good,

Or if I have allowed sentimentality to overrun my senses.

Dino’s duende is clouding my vision.

What is it about allowing yourself to be perceived

As something less than you are?

How can this add to the one’s appeal?

“If you’re in on the joke with me,

You know it’s only apple juice,”

The man suggests with a figurative wink.

The ice cubes in his glass remind me of maracas.

“Why over-think this one?” I ask myself.

“Just lay back and allow yourself to be taken along for the ride.”

— The Major

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Workplace Acts of Nobility

Today, I want to write about noble acts.  They are all around us.  If you’re lucky like me, they’re also present in your place of employment.

We spend roughly a third of our daily time in the workplace.  That’s a lot of tick-tocks.  Obviously, there are things that all of us dislike about our place of employment.  But, I hope that the positives outweigh the negatives at your job.

I work in a law firm that has about 70 employees.  It can be a very stressful environment.  The people on top set priorities for the people below.   Having someone telling you what to do is freighted with the potential for conflict.

The partners (the bosses) have the ever-present obligation to bring in more business and to maintain the business that is already in the door.  This dynamic permits all of the people in the place to take home a paycheck, enjoy benefits, and to hope for a better future.  That’s stressful as well. Continue reading

Raising Boys World

We are branching out!  The Major and I have been asked to contribute to the blog “Raising Boys World”.  Be sure to stop by and see what’s going on over there.

–Running Girl

2011: Good Reads

A few days late.

Here are last year’s reads that Running Girl and I recommend (in no particular order):

Good Fresh Reads (Fiction)

Little Bee — Chris Cleave (RG)

Freedom — Jonathan Franzen (TM)

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Santa vs. Jesus

"You want a piece of me, Santa?"

Two giant Christmas icons.  Is there room in this commercially-overblown holiday for both of them?

I think not.

"Bring it."

Let’s have it out.  Two go in — only one comes out.

Let’s compare them to see who will win:

Union Affiliation

Santa:  Teamsters

"It'll be ready next Tuesday."

Jesus:  Carpenters

Advantage: Santa

Toughness

Santa:  Saint Nicholas was from Myra in Asia Minor (Turkey).  Somehow he made ended up in Lapland near the North Pole.  Ability to survive extreme heat or cold?  Fuhgeddaboutit.

Jesus:  Was from Galilee, but born in a hut in Judea.  He was known to pass through Samaria without even looking back over his shoulder.  Hung with prostitutes and thieves.  Called out the Romans and the Pharisees.  Death?  Doesn’t scare him, he’ll be back.

Advantage: Jesus Continue reading

A Hero

Although I use this word sometimes to describe baseball players and grandfathers, my favorite use of the term “hero” is to describe a sandwich on Italian bread containing meat liberally covered in tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Tonight, I want to tell you about a real hero.

Leon Smith is my friend.  He served his country as a soldier in Vietnam.  Undoubtedly, he engaged in heroic activities during that conflict.  But, that’s not what I’m going to talk about in this post. Continue reading

Quiz: Christmas Words

Can you identify these Christmas words?

(Answers are at the bottom)

Songs:

1.

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth Continue reading