Two Friends from High School

Two Friends from High School

"A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth." —Charles DarwinMarch 18, 2018Two friends from high school sat on the front row in the crowded Parnassus Books waiting to hear me speak about my newest memoir, Songs from an Imperfect Life. They laughed...

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Songs from an Imperfect Life  Outtake #2

Songs from an Imperfect Life Outtake #2

My first draft for Songs from an Imperfect Life included a couple of memories that when all was said and done, did not carry my story along or particularly add to the timeline. However, they were “my” stories of things that had left an impression on me and therefore I...

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Songs from an Imperfect Life  Outtake #1

Songs from an Imperfect Life Outtake #1

My father purchased a travel trailer when I was a sophomore in high school, thinking it would be wonderful to take a family vacation with this massive thing attached to the back of our 1966 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon. With Mexico as our destination, the...

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Love thy neighbor

Love thy neighbor

"Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me." —Martin NiemöllerThere are those who find fault in others and choose to voice it with insults and accusations. And there are those who go a step further by thinking violence is the solution. It feels...

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Workaholic Part 2

Workaholic Part 2

A workaholic is a person who works compulsively. While the term generally implies that the person enjoys their work, it can also alternately imply that they simply feel compelled to do it.  —WikipediaHi. My name is Ron and I’m a workaholic. I’m not sure how it all...

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Workaholic Part 1

Workaholic Part 1

"Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katharine Whitehorn I have had a colorful life as many of you have discovered through my memoir Songs from an Imperfect Life. And I have worked in many often-connected and overlapping...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

"Nothing brings to life again a forgotten memory like fragrance." —Christopher Poindexter It was a hot summer afternoon and I had just completed the task of mowing the vast hillside yard of my childhood home. I was sixteen years old and remember when I reached the...

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Secrets Revealed

Secrets Revealed

Turning his head and closing his eyes, he paused and then the words stumbled out. Secrets, upon secrets, upon secrets. A shiver ran down my spine. The psychic medium had concluded my session by asking if I had any questions. This man had already demonstrated his...

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True Friends

True Friends

I have often said that if I had been asked to make a list of the friends who would have been with my mother through her illness until the end, I would have been wrong. Surprisingly, some of her closest friends distanced themselves while those who were hardly more than...

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Behind the mask

Behind the mask

It is difficult to admit to others as well as, to myself that I have often hidden my life behind a smile. I sent an email out to many of my high school friends to let them know about my recent book release for Songs from an Imperfect Life. I did not want to give too...

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Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready

Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready

Let me go ahead and say that I’m not really bitter, but I am definitely disappointed. Maybe I expect too much from people – always have. Things like the rules of etiquette (The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or...

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