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The Kidney Has Got to Go

“The kidney has got to go.” At the time I remember thinking how I didn’t want to give up the kidney.

dying kidney“I agree. I know it’s not everyone’s cup-of-tea, but I love beef kidney.” Willow bounced into the room, like a dancer crossing the stage, and landed in the worn leather chair.…


With the fires that scorched San Diego recently, my youngest daughter Amber, a teacher, wasn’t working so we ended up texting a lot. We were talking about all the different wildfires, and the following is an excerpt of how our texts went:

Amber: I can’t believe RB is untouched. Knock on wood. 

Old Friends

Old friends can be a blessing. One such old friend, who I have known for over 22 years, Hikaru, a professor of American Film and Theater from Japan, recently visited and we had a grand time.

“So that is why you’ve been ignoring me.” An accusing voice sounded behind me.

I could see her reflection in the computer monitor.…

Dream Obstacles

I had eyelid surgery recently. The doctor said I had droopy eyes and it was affecting my peripheral vision. The day of the surgery I had to put ice packs tied over my eyes for about 5 minutes or so every 30 to 60 minutes. Needless to say this was quite annoying.…

You’re Too Old

Today was a special day for those who have… let’s just say, past their peak. Or at least that’s what some people might call them.

Today, Sunday, 23 June 2013, was the final round of the Travelers Championship Golf Tournament in Connecticut. But first let me go back about 3-1/2 months.…


Recently, my wife’s Uncle Jack passed. He was a Franciscan Monk and the kindest man I think I might have ever met. He was an educator and much of his life was spent helping disadvantaged children. He was funny, always jolly, and loved Chinese food. But now he is gone. Yet, I will remember him the rest of my life for the things he did and also for how he changed the way I see the world around me.…

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