Crushed Under the Bus of Reality

Trophies have always been the symbol of superiority, accomplishment, and bragging rights.  For the NFL, it’s the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  For the NHL, it’s the Stanley Cup.  For Spain’s soccer championship, the trophy is called the Copa del Rey. The championship game this year was between Barcelona and Real Madrid.  Since this soccer championship began…

Swearing Reduces Pain

Stubbing a toe.  Slamming a finger in a door.  Ripping a fingernail.  Jamming a finger.  Biting your tongue or cheek.  Just thinking about these makes me cringe with pain.  It is ridiculous how much pain can come from something so small.  Hardly anyone can live very long without experiencing some of these.  My daughter isn’t…

A New Beginning

An author once stated, “I wish there were some wonderful place called ‘the Land of Beginning Again,’ where all of our past mistakes and heartaches, and all of our poor selfish grief, could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never be put on again” (Louisa Tarkington, Putting Your Past Behind You,…

Walking Out in the Middle of the Game

Danny Jennings was a forward for the West Virginia basketball team about three months ago.  That is, until he up and walked out on his team in the middle of the game.  Now, Jennings didn’t get much playing time, didn’t score much, and wasn’t a very significant member of the team to be honest.  The…

Are You Happy?

“Are you happy in this life?”  It’s a simple and probing question.  When you read it, you may have a flood of thoughts enter your head.  Some may be good, some may be bad.  With this question we usually start thinking of why we are, or are not, happy.  In Dennis Wholey’s book, Are You…