Can We Take A Joke Anymore?

Did you watch this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner?  Comedian Michelle Wolf’s scorched-earth approach to roasting those in public service caused some to curl up in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs, and pondering why she was being such a meanie.  Others laughed their asses off.  What’s clear is that her performance fell squarely in…

Finding Purpose Through Work

I read a recent article from ABC News that reinforces what we’ve heard for years; that American workers work more than anyone in the industrialized world.  We take less vacation, work longer days, and retire later. With that in mind and considering how other aspects of daily living keep us grinding, how can we possibly…

A Bourbon to Call My Own

The Research A few months ago, I decided to add to my growing list of vices by delving into the world of whiskey. Those who know me best know that wine is my passion and mixed drinks are my occasional side piece. Why bourbon? Because I’m a “Zagger” by nature. When others zig, I tend…

Everyday Wines for Everyday People

The holidays are upon us and that means plenty of wine for sipping, socializing, and gift-giving.  There’s a way that you can enjoy the grape and give the grape without breaking the bank.  Simply buy tasty, inexpensive wine.  Easier said than done though, right?  No worries because I have you covered. Understanding that taste is…

Thoughts on a President-elect Trump

The mood on the morning of Wednesday November 9, 2016 was not what I expected or hoped it would be.  The results of the 2016 Presidential election brought immediate heartache; though the tossing and turning in the wee hours served as a harbinger of dark news. The result brought about a profound depression that I…

Death and Wood: An East-Coast Urbanite’s Foray in the Mid-West

Ahhh…the mid-west. I’ve been here thrice before but the visits were to major urban areas like Kansas City and Denver, and a more culturally diverse college town in Greeley, CO. But this is my first time in the sparsely populated heartland. I made the trip to visit my dad and his wife, Erika, in Bloomfield,…

Thoughts on Napa

With the recent trip to California wine country, I have successfully checked off another item on the bucket list. It is certainly a must visit spot for lovers of food and wine. In lieu of boring you to death with a chronological narrative of the getaway, I thought I’d rank the experiences to give you…

51 Introspection

  Dear friends, let me first apologize for the blatant blog neglect perpetrated by your’s truly over the last few months.  Work and everyday life has gotten in the way of “me time.”  Now that I have spent the better part of the day reflecting on 51, I’d like to share some thoughts with you….