Happy (Step-Grand) Father’s Day

For Father’s Day weekend this year, I bring you a pic of my step-grandfather, Joe Duran. This is his certificate of naturalization in 1944 and recently found in a safe deposit box, along with his original birth certificate. He was brought from the Hacienda de Burras (more now known by the nearby San Jose de […]

All good things…

Flammarion woodcut

June 10, 2019 Last week I severed my final tie to the Tulsa Area United Way, my wonderful employer for 8+ years. I maintain the highest respect for their mission and the great folks who work there, doing so much for our 5-county service area. My first volunteer activity for them was the very first […]

A Tale of Two Cities

Keystone Dam

May 23, 2019 Here in Tulsa, we’re facing flooding on the Arkansas River. Many towns in Eastern and Central Oklahoma are dealing with too much water. My daughter’s school canceled the last 2 days of classes since Keystone Dam is forced to release over 250 cubic feet per second (cps) of water — a controlled […]

Quality Hires

Lots going on lately — at the office we’ve been working on replacing staff vacancies, retool with new positions, etc. I’ve also been cleaning out and consolidating boxes, which means I find notes and documents from previous gigs. One folder contained info on an employee I had to let go. These things together make one […]

The Hairdresser’s Paradox

Have you ever gone to a new stylist for that first appointment, and you can just sense the silent (or not so silent) judging about your hair? The subtle looks and clucking that subtly declare:  “Who came up with this hot mess?  Why did they do it this way?  I would never have done THAT,”  […]

We’re Saved!

Sheldon and Rose had retired, and they were taking a well-deserved luxury vacation to Australia.  But on their way across the Pacific, their plane encountered mechanical difficulties and was forced to crash-land on a deserted tropical island.   They were blessed that they were able to land safely, but the pilot was unable to radio […]

“I regret nothing!”

I’ve written before about my “Marcel Proust madeleine moments,”  and I had another one yesterday…coming back from getting new air filters and I’m bored with all my usual Sirius/XM channels.  So I wander over to the Opera/Classical station, and they’re playing Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.”  I sang it in University Chorale for Laven Sowell, and it […]

“I’ve been FRAMED, I tell ya!”

Welcome back…to Me! Wow…who knew that it’d been three months?  Three months of Me not subjecting you to my thoughts.  (You’re welcome) I’ve been busy at work (more on that in a later post) and doing a lot of pleasure reading.  It’s something that I’ve written about before — my rebirth towards TAKING TIME to […]

Dear AT&T…

To:     AT&T, Uverse Division Fr:     Gary Szabo, a loyal but disgruntled customer   Dear AT&T: I’m writing to recommend some changes to your next version of the Pace 5031NV DSL modem, aka “the 2WIRE Uverse modem.” I UNDERSTAND the importance of making a trouble-free device; one that’s so bulletproof and simple in its’ […]