The Gifted Underachiever

My life so far

Heaven-bound on a 5-string banjo

I don’t think there’s ever a wrong time to begin to take a reckoning of one’s life. I’m sure my kids think that at my age my affairs should be in order. So, contrary to past practices I may just start listening to them. Well, if there is one thing that will definitely keep me from getting into heaven it’s that banjo I stole from a nun. Yes, that’s correct. […]

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The real cold shoulder

Remember psychology class in college? I exhibited every symptom of every mental disorder discussed. I was schizophrenic, manic-depressive, anal-retentive – a veritable psycho ward all inside my head. Last April I was given the diagnosis of prostate cancer, so I was still reeling from that reality when a new pain appeared. At first it was just a dull ache in my right bicep, but still strong enough to wake me […]

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Please save the puppies

As an online director I get my share of email requests to put certain things on our websites. Usually, when a request for ad placement comes along I forward it to the advertising staff, but something made me curious when I received a note from Pete Smith to place a classified ad: Subject: pet enquiry Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:22:43 -0400 From: peter smith <petersmith200@gmail.com> Hello, I am writing […]

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Getting the call

I had just left Subway when I got the call. “Tom, this is Sam Shuffler.” “Oh, hi Sam,” I said before thinking. Sam is my urologist, and I’m usually not so informal with my medical caregivers. But Sam, er, this doctor is new, and I wasn’t really prepared for his phone call. Not that it was out of the blue, but I was hoping for a call from his nurse.

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Plan M

I was just listening to one of my favorite podcasts, This American Life, and the episode was called Plan B. A question the host posed was how many people are still living their life according to Plan A. Plan A is the plan we formulated for our life when we were younger and encouraged to make plans. In a room of 100 people only one admitted they were still on […]

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