On Self Imposed Distractions

One day a group of 100 people were hiking together through the woods. After several hours of walking they took an uncharted turn through a ravine and came upon a gorgeous hidden valley. This valley was one of extraordinary beauty and tranquility. Before long they came...

Cosmic Paychecks

Please, indulge me in a wonderful daydream if you will… What if you were compensated according to the quality and quantity of goodwill you generated? Imagine an invisible entity that kept accurate tabs on each and every human. You are paid relative to how kind and...

Green Mints, Deception and Butterflies

“Most things in this world and in others are rarely as they appear.” Livingston Ashcroft Bellingus (1893 – ) Livingston Ashcroft Bellingus is my paternal grandfather. He was known as “Flip” to both family and close friends. He picked up that name in the early 1960s....

Rudders For Writers

Have you ever walked into an electronics store and had a salesman approach and start to pitch the hot deal of the day? I’ve had it happen more than once. It might be a great deal on the latest flat panel TV. Maybe it’s a deep discount on a HD Kindle or an...