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The camo pajama game

“Heaven forbid! When are you going to take off those pajamas so I can wash them?” My Sweet Al wears his favorite camouflage pajama bottoms all year-round — to take…

Sweet Al’s secret fan club

My Sweet Al has a secret fan club. Who would have thunk it? Over the years, I have heard from a number of men who have expressed how much they…

Recognizing the territory of time

Time creates a marked boundary, a territory. While it doles out in the abstract, we all have it. Some of us have too much. Still others, not enough. Interesting how…

Following the blueprint

There have been times when I resisted change for any number of reasons. I was an artist for 45 years before I became a writer. It’s enough to make me…

Good old glory days

My heart turns to the boys of fall at this time of the year. I can hear Kenny Chesney sing those lyrics once again. “They didn’t let just anybody in…

God has to get my attention

It was prayer meeting day, the perfect time to examine personal conviction. Probably even a better time not to pick a fight with my Sweet Al — but it was…

The tapestry that is us

I am amazed when I stop and think about the many people that have come into my life. Moreover, when the differences that bring us together seem greater than similarities…

Understanding the disturbance

I asked my Sweet Al if I created a disturbance in life. He did not hesitate to answer, “You are a disturbance. You throw tacks in people’s beds.” “Does that…

When we can’t see the forest for the trees

A widow sold my friend a 1957 red Chevy. It was polished and detailed with chrome, and roared when it rolled. My friend said to her, “Your late husband must…

The dark horse

Have you ever felt like a dark horse? You know, the one who falls short alongside the golden beauties running on the inside track. Even after all of the spectators…