Below you will find an easy-to-follow guide to everything I’ve published here since joining in November 2020. The most recent stories in each category will be at the top.
Even though I readily admit giving up on the St. Louis Cardinals too soon this year, I am not surprised by their late season surge. From the beginning of the 2021 season, they had all the ingredients for an exceptional season. …
Baseball. I’ve loved the game since I was a small child.
The crack of the bat sending a double down the line. The pop of a fastball blazing into the catcher’s mitt on strikeout. A speed demon getting the jump on a pitcher and stealing second with ease. A throw…
To love nature
is to love your family
your circle of friends
humans as yet unborn
and the patient trees
the friendly grass
the flowers in their bright adornments
the birds and bees and all wild creatures
we rarely if ever touch or see
A few weeks ago, I had a chance to spend the entire day in nature. First the beach, then the forest. What a day! But like all things in this time-bound existence of ours, it slipped away even as I lived it. That’s OK; that’s the way of the world…
It’s a good day for living
and a good day to give thanks for being alive,
because sunlight’s bright beams
can’t be contained in scrapbooks
or even 186,000 flash drives,
and the daytime light we witness
surrounds and infuses,
illuminates and diffuses,
passing through and by us
like one long chorus of angelic harmonies
and a miraculous universal energetic constant
Thinking about the past
as if it could be new again,
or maybe a real-time reminder
to live out mindful tomorrows
spent in wiser ways . . .
If I could go forward
and bring it all back
for multiple do-overs
until I got it right . . .
I dreamt I saw you in the afterlife.
You were surprised to see me
in what you had known as heaven
before I arrived.
“Darren!” you exclaimed. “How’d you get in here?”
“The same way you did,”
I answered. “The Way.
And the Truth. And the Life.”
On Earth you…
Since I gave away the punchline in the headline, I’ll start with a storyline that will give readers the back story.
I’m the youngest of five children. My oldest sister was already 16 when I was born in the mid-1960s. She loved Elvis when she was a teen and I…
See how short life is.
Walk through a graveyard
and calculate lifespans.
Dates on tombstones say it all
more clearly than word problems
in the simplest sixth-grade math classes.
Remember how, as children,
we used to imagine that special days
would take forever to arrive?
Birthdays reduced to frantic anticipation