Gomer’s urging to positivity, “Keep a good thought,” was indicative of the whole Mayberry clan. The saying was deep-seated in their collective consciousness.

Interesting to me that the things we repeat become parts of who we are. The Bible tells us that we become what we believe. …

Clint Eastwood, in his Oscar-winning film, Unforgiven, tells the story of Will Munny, a formerly hard-drinking gunslinger retired and reformed by his virtuous wife. His debauched past faded as he enjoyed life with Claudia and their two small children, but was not erased from his mind.

Munny’s unsuccessful farming venture…

I’ve got plenty of advice. Thank you. Funny, the thing we are most anxious to give is often what others are most loath to receive. And it’s a two-way street.

It’s hard for anyone to receive admonition. What is true of others is true of me. You know how it…

I’ve still got neon in my veins.

Looking in the mirror, I can see that I have changed, but it is more apparent in old photos. There is no doubt that the outer man is perishing. Inwardly, however, I feel the same as ever. …

Retrospect brings joy and grief. Funny, how life finds its level.

Many good and well-laid plans never come to fruition. One the other hand, successful works may be accomplished by drawing a bow at a venture. It can be better to be opportunistic than good. Often, things just work out…

As a minor golfer, I retain interest in those more accomplished in the sport. I use the vernacular of the game as metaphorical of life and thereby confuse many as to my actual degree of involvement. There are points to be made.

I once heard a golfing tip regarding displaced…

If you accidentally read my writings from time to time, you have noticed that I use the trappings of pop culture in my prose. By that, I mean I often use snippets of songs, movies or slang in the titles and texts of my own writings. One reason for this…

The Spartans pioneered the laconic phrase.

Lakonia was the general region around Sparta in southern Greece. Philip II of Macedon was conquering Greek city-states on every hand, but Sparta remained untouched. In the light of his crushing victories, Sparta appeared relatively weak and was without walls. Philip sent a message…

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