Truth in Advertising?

Truth in Advertising?

How does the phrase go…”Presentation is eighty-percent of the deal?” Or something of the sort. It was that 1980ish summer leadership camp that taught the art of manipulating the buttons and whistles of positive reinforcement and how to effectively present...
Sing On

Sing On

The bird was bare.  Featherless. Naked, but I’m pretty sure it was not a Jay, or a Robin if you’re hung up on the mid-19th-century version of the idiom, “Naked as a Robin.” This season the birds have been busy.  Cheeping and chirping as they forage their way into...
Shades of Green

Shades of Green

We see what we see.   I’ve heard it said, “Don’t believe anything you see and only half of what you hear.” A watered-down version of the hyperbolic proverb, “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Credited to one of the most influential...
Spirit Eyes

Spirit Eyes

It was a transition year.  You know, the first Christmas, when you get underpants in your stocking instead of twenty-five feet of emulsified corn syrup, rolled up with a fun fruity name?   Toys and trinkets no longer have the power to wake you at 4:00 in the...
Tidy Little Tannenbaum

Tidy Little Tannenbaum

The local hardware store, now that’s where you’ll find a deal on Christmas trees.  Sure! You’re flying blind on the whole first thing to look for is a straight trunk routine.  And maybe a gap or three in the belly of the tree, but hey…show of hands from those...
Even When

Even When

She stood at the edge of the jagged cement slab.  The edges were chewed and chipped and stacked in giant Jenga fashion, teetering on the brink of collapse.  Nine o’clock in the morning had never felt so overwhelming and exposed.   Her eyes, wide with knowing and blank...