The Magnificent

As far as he knew, he was the only one of his kind. In his entire life, he had seen no other like him in the forest. He was bigger, faster, and more powerful than all the rest. These were the first thoughts entering his mind each morning. Standing on the edge of the giant […]

Zoo insight

Some spend all of their lives running away from their past. Others are so focused on the future that the past is something they just can’t see anymore. For me, it seems the further I get away from my past, the closer I actually get back to it. For example, last weekend The Wife, our […]

It’s too early!

There’s a natural order to the universe. Stars are above us, ground is below, the sun comes up every morning, sets every night, and Christmas is in December. Or at least it was. Months ago, if you took a trip to our downtown, you’d see storefronts already decorated with red ribbons, white snowflakes, presents, and […]

The Cotton Christmas

For those seven magical years growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, each holiday was wrapped up in family traditions – some good and some not so good. At the top of the list of those “not so good” traditions was the great toy giveaway. Ours was the only house on Flamingo where Santa Claus visited […]

Little bitty leafhoppers

Most folks believe fall comes but once each year, but they are wrong. A long, long time ago on an old familiar street not so far away called Flamingo, fall came not once but twice each year. The arrival of fall brought something else to Flamingo — little bitty leafhoppers. I should know. A lifetime […]

Unwanted vacation guest

To book a four-day vacation at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida, you only need a few things: money and time off work. Booking a four-day vacation for the entire family at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida three months ahead of time for the very weekend a Category I hurricane makes landfall […]

Dad’s sage advice

While growing up on Flamingo Street, I tended to listen to folks. I listened to Older Brother Richard and Big Brother James because if I didn’t, they’d punch me in the arm ‘till I did. Didn’t take long for me to decide that listening to whatever they had to say wasn’t going to be nearly […]

Little feet

Little feet. To say they’ve had an influence on my life since the day I was born would be inaccurate. Mom used to say while she was still carrying Twin Brother Mark and me, one of us was always kicking. She didn’t know who it was, but she could never get any sleep. My bet […]

World’s oldest battle

The battle of which I write has been raging as long as humans have inhabited the Earth. Not only the longest confrontation in history, but with every child and parent involved, it has become the largest, reaching every corner of the globe. Starting an hour or so after sundown the battle, sometimes as short-lived as […]

A simple man

Just listen to The Wife. Do what she says and nobody’s going to get hurt. After over 18 years of marriage, you’d think I would’ve learned that simple lesson. Hint: I am, if nothing else, a simple man. And if there were any question as to which one of us is the more intelligent one, […]

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