Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

Originally published December 24, 2016   “Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C S. Lewis The night A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, on December 9, 1965, half of the American population watching television tuned in.  At the time it was quite controversial, criticized for being: too religious, too jazzy, too offbeat, not having a laugh track using the voices of real children. In December of 1965 I … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas »

Failure is a Gift

  This week’s post was inspired by a recent conversation with Tucker McHugh, a high school classmate who I have known for over 50 years. I was raised on Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Winning defined the purpose of my every endeavor: winning at school, winning at sports, winning with friends.  Winning was symbolized by blue ribbons, gold stars, and A-pluses.  Life was one long never-ending contest … Continue reading Failure is a Gift »

Seeing the World with Clear Eyes

[This is an edited version of the post, “A Thoughtful Heart,” originally published February 27, 2016.]    L “A heart weary of hate cannot learn to love.” I came upon this quote, credited to a Russian poet, in a New York Times article written by Mikhail Shishkin, “How Russians Lost the War.”  He was decrying the manner in which the Russian authorities were ratcheting up … Continue reading Seeing the World with Clear Eyes »