Historical / Personal Musings

  • Epistle for Mr. McGreen
    Have you ever wished you’d said “thank you” but never did?  For me, it wasn’t too late.  This essay was adapted from a letter* sent to my favorite teacher.  I just learned Mr. Wally McGreen passed away on March 19, 2022 at age 83, so share this essay as my parting tribute.  Dear Mr. McGreen:  […]
  • ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’
    Some say it was ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played.’  I was there but have no memory of its magnitude. All I can remember is a box of Cracker Jack and a burning desire to own a bobblehead. Allow me to explain. On July 2, 1963, San Francisco’s Juan Marichal faced down Warren Spahn’s Milwaukee Braves […]
  • My Week in Ireland with a Welsh Rugby Team
    This essay came from a letter written to my parents from Middle Mille, Wales.  It was completed from memories of what I left out.  Back then, I was too embarrassed to tell Mom and Dad the rest of the story.  April 24, 1978 Dear Mom & Dad: Well, it’s been some time since I last […]
  • Abraham, Martin and PCC
    In the fall of 1968, Dion released a song that touched my soul.  About the same time, I started working Saturdays at a job that defined my life.  I still work there today.  This is the story of the song, that job, and a 15-year-old boy. The Beatles’ single “Hey Jude” backed by “Revolution” dominated […]
  • First Tastes of Mortality
    More than fifty years ago, two grandparents died on the same day.  It was the last day of summer, and the first time anyone close to me had died. A dragon lives forever but not so little boys Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper […]