Category Archives: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Choose Your Story, Part Three: Outlaw at the Gates

Dr. Johnson defined second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” Darren and Isabel were both determined to make it work after disastrous first attempts. But there was a stressor that was tearing them up. Not Isabel’s three needy daughters from her first husband. They were an economic and emotional drain, but Darren could…Read the full article

Choose Your Story, Part One: Mr and Mrs Andirez and their son, Ricky

The Andirez family came to see me, concerned about their 15 year-old son, Ricky. Did he need a placement in wilderness therapy for his drinking and substance abuse? Did he need a therapeutic boarding school to address his anger management issues and oppositional behavior? “He refuses to do homework,” Mrs. Andirez began. “Sometimes, he even…Read the full article

Could There Be a Topic Worse than Baseball? What about Math?

Did my column two weeks ago about baseball put off some readers? Yes. A dear friend, whom I’ve known my whole life, wrote: “Ya lost me at the topic.” That’s about as far from “You had me at ‘hello'” as it gets. What could be worse? Another dear friend, brought up in Brazil, unsubscribed from…Read the full article

Say it Ain’t So

There is no debate over which year was the Greatest Year in the hundred year history of baseball.* You might think that there would be discussion among barflies, tailgaters, and fans from different cities across the country. You might expect a spirited conversation with reasoned arguments, endless statistics and salty language. You might imagine that…Read the full article