Thank You, Cheers, and the Problem with You’re Welcome

On a recent trip to England and the Netherlands, I must have said “thank you” a hundred times.  Not once, did I hear, “you’re welcome”. At one pub, when the bartender served me a beer, I said “thanks”.  When she responded with “no worries”, I thought I would test this a bit further.  I then … Continue reading Thank You, Cheers, and the Problem with You’re Welcome

The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

I come from a rough neighborhood; that’s no secret.  Where I grew up, people were gruff, rough, and tough.  In fact, here’s a typical greeting; and seriously, no bullshit, verbatim: “Joe!  How the hell are you, you fat fucking bastard?  Life treating you good or what?” Realness.  You know this guy cares about Joe; asking … Continue reading The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

A Joyful Explosion of Humanity

Right around this time every year, I’m riveted, mesmerized, and lost for about three hours in front of my television.  No … not that show.  Not that one either. This show is an eclectic mix of genres, backgrounds, and styles, mixing together like a well-blended cocktail of only the best unrelated ingredients served in a … Continue reading A Joyful Explosion of Humanity

Conversational Cannonball

Conversational Cannonball Walt Whitman once said, “If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” True.  But … I was at a party recently and someone asked how my kids were doing.  I’ll only say this; their journey, how they’re navigating it, and all their accomplishments are pretty impressive.  I’ll leave it at that. But, sometimes we … Continue reading Conversational Cannonball