School | Writing

My Studies (Will) Take Me Longer

I spent five hours writing and editing a 2-page critical analysis this weekend.  Prior to that, I researched material on and off during a period of four weekends.  As I type this and read my words aloud, I feel a bit ridiculous.  Yes, it really has taken me this long to do a simple homework assignment. To …

Home Life | Personal Growth | Work | Writing

Give Yourself One More

“Can I have just one more hug?” my three year old asked me this morning shyly. “Of course!” I replied. “You can always have one more hug from me. You can have as many hugs as you want,” I said. We embraced each other. I sure did appreciate my child’s extra affection and attention to …

Poetry | Writing

Disappearing Ideas (a poem)

Ever have an excellent idea pop into your head but then before you can take note of it, that notion slips away?  You strain the brain to remember it.  You curse the ghosts that took your innovative thoughts away.  The whole day passes by and then it returns the next one.  I wrote this poem …

Personal Growth | Writing

The Art of Speech Writing and Giving

A strange, surprising thrill has taken over me the past several weeks.  I do it in the shower.  I do it in the car on my morning and evening commute. I’m even doing it while washing dishes and folding laundry.  By “it” I mean practicing and writing speeches for my Toastmasters club. I joined the …