The Endless Loop

“Always avoid the near occasions of sin.” The nuns who taught in parochial schools drilled that cautionary lesson into every child in their custody. Sometimes the words reverberated in those little ears after a youngster or two got into some mischief that in the minds...

The Ephemeral Holiday Spirit

Even with a cocoon of Christmas carols, goodwill towards men, and mountains of presents to placate our mercenary hearts, the veneer of the holidays wipes off with the ease of an eraser cleaning a chalkboard. The interesting or perhaps troubling thing about the...

Reflections

It is not uncommon to flip through our mental files and review the past year even as the bedraggled and bearded fellow we call the Old Year makes way for the new kid in baggy diapers. The changing of the guard is not unlike companies replacing experience with a...

The Gym

Have you ever wondered why people go to the gym? If your answer is in the negative, then that means you are either lacking in curiosity or belong to the ever-widening circle of folks in the Ass of You and Me Club. In other words, you assume you know the answer rather...

True Confessions

There are countless examples attesting to the following fact: Humans make mistakes. Did you just roll your eyes, dear readers? Smugness does not become astute folks such as yourselves. Or perhaps it does. In either case, we digress from the intended path. As you may...

Urban and Country Living

Urban dwellers live in a convenience rut. They drive on paved roads frequently blocked for repair work or demolition, and interminable new construction. Upon completion, paved roads are already obsolete, and urbanites find the demolition crew ripping out the new...