February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day

I love Groundhog Day, mostly because it gives me an excuse to pull out my DVD of the classic Bill Murray movie. I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times over the years, which of course feels like watching it hundreds and hundreds of times. That’s because the main character in the movie, a weatherman […]

January 13, 2016

Read the Instructions

Instructions can be important sometimes. I remember several years ago at Christmas time I got a DVD/VHS recorder. I got it with one purpose in mind. This machine was designed to take your old VHS movies and record them on to DVD disks. I was very eager and I started recording all our analog movies […]

December 25, 2015

The Air Up There

I’m not much of a basketball player. I know that’s hard for those of you who know me to believe. My body just wasn’t built for the game. Growing up I was far too vertically challenged to have much success at the game. That lack of success quickly turned into a lack of interest. My […]

December 24, 2015

Advent 2015-5 – Twas the Night Before Christmas

I don’t know if you’ll have time to read this on Christmas Eve, but for those of you who do I’ll do my best to keep it brief. Here we are, the night before the big day. Last minute gifts are being wrapped, Christmas specials are being watched on TV and kids are trying to […]

December 18, 2015

Advent 2015-4: Love

English is a difficult and messed up language. My heart goes out to anyone who is attempting to learn English as an adult. I don’t think there is one single grammatical rule that doesn’t have an exception to it – but there may be an exception to that statement. On top of all that, English […]

December 16, 2015


Hi. My name is Mike and I’m a lawn inflatabloholic. It started innocently enough, with three small snowmen. Eventually I added a Santa. Of course, you can’t have Santa without reindeer, so the next year a Rudolph was purchased. That’s when my addiction started to spread beyond the Christmas season. Halloween is now stocked with […]

December 11, 2015

Advent 2015-3: Joy

I love pumpkin pie. Not so much the actual pie itself, but the words, “pumpkin pie”. Don’t get me wrong, if you offer me a slice of pumpkin pie, especially if it is liberally topped with whipped cream, I am not likely to decline. It’s hard to resist that tasty pastry which seems to only […]

December 4, 2015

Advent 2015-2: Peace

I love to go fishing. There is nothing more calming than sitting out in a boat in the middle of a lake. There is nothing better than water smooth as glass, a warm (but not scorching hot) sun beaming down and the sound of birds calling floating through the air. Sure actually catching a fish […]

November 25, 2015

Advent 2015-1: Hope

Have you ever been lost in the dark? I mean really lost and really dark. Can’t tell up from down kind of lost. Can’t see your hand in front of your face kind of dark. It can be terrifying. I have been lost and I have been in the dark, but never at the same […]

November 19, 2015

The First Snow

Well, it finally happened. It was bound to come sooner or later and today it did. Snow. White, cold, fluffy, slippery, slushy snow. Yesterday the ground was clear, today it is covered. Yesterday it was an extended autumn, today it is winter. Yesterday we hung on to the memory summer, today we look forward to […]

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