I have always enjoyed commencement addresses. Graduation is a milestone event and a significant transition in someone’s life. With the benefit of YouTube, today anyone can go back and watch great commencement addresses. One of my favorite’s is David Foster Wallace’s speech to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. One of my long-term goals … Continue reading An Imaginary Commencement Address
Recently a friend who I went to college with posted a story on Facebook that made me think. During a run he came across an older gentleman hobbling down the street. My friend could see that this man was struggling with a bad ankle and Florida’s heat and humidity. My friend stopped and asked if … Continue reading Praying to Help
I remember the first time she said it. I was around five years old and trying on a set of hand-me-downs from my cousin. It was a Saturday morning, and I wanted to watch cartoons. I'm sure that I was letting my mother know in no uncertain terms how unhappy this arrangement made me. Of … Continue reading Mom was Right
I’ve often thought about writing a story in which the main character thinks he leads an ordinary life, but unbeknownst to him he plays an extraordinary role in the lives of others. My fascination for this story comes from my own interest in the role that purpose plays in our lives. Do we have a … Continue reading A Small Gesture. A Large Impact.