Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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The quarantine chronicles

Day One: At last!! Nirvana for introverts! A socially acceptable reason to crawl to the back of my cave and huddle. Like Gollum. Or Jack Nicholson. Day Two: Starting to think this might not have been … more

A spreading message about COVID-19

Here’s how this works: Rudy Gobert is a professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz. Moments before the Jazz game two weeks ago in Oklahoma City, he was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, … more

Now is the time for our better angels to fly

So. What’s new? There’s an old Chinese curse that reads “May you live in interesting times.” We are, my friends, living in a Chinese curse. Actually, given the origin of this pandemic, you … more

Time to check in on our collective golf game

When I was a kid, my first job was as a caddy at Green Gables Country Club. It wasn’t a great job — really early mornings, all day in the hot sun, good chance you’d show up for work and not … more

Catching sight of the real America

The other day, I’m driving down the road, and I see a scene which has stuck with me. There was a young woman, maybe late 20’s, slender and pretty, with brunette hair that had been frosted pink or … more

Nothing routine about inspiring enthusiasm

I have this routine that I go through almost every day with my trumpet. It’s 45 – 55 minutes of exercises, many of which are repetitive or very similar, and they are tedious. My wife, whose … more

Overcoaching can kill creativity

One of my oldest friends just sent me a video montage of Ichiro Suzuki, the baseball player. In an 18-year career in America with three different teams, he was a .300 hitter, a Gold Glove outfielder, … more

A big week of little consequence

“Welcome, my friends, to the show that never ends!” I have a sickness, one which I have admitted to before: I love politics. I am a political junkie. So, of course, last week I spent WAY too much … more

Yet another ‘old guy’ body betrayal

So, I recently injured myself. I would love to say it was a great story, that I was engaged in some amazing feat of athletic prowess and simply pushed my body beyond the limits of what the human body … more

Remembering a teacher of note — Leonard Diggs

“A thing is not beautiful because it is permanent.” It is the nature of things that they are not permanent. Even the mountains crumble in time, the great trees fall, and time reclaims everything. … more

Nothing charming about drunkenness

There was a joke that me and several of my college buddies used to enjoy about sneaking adult beverages into our final exams. See, sometime in the late ‘80s, a study came out that seemed to … more

A look back at such a loathsome year

Well. Thank God that’s over. No, not the holiday season. I love the Holiday season. I would be quite happy if we could find a way to extend the celebration another few weeks. My credit cards, not … more

Sometimes routine leads us to the real magic

One year ago, at this time, I must admit, I was in a bit of a funk. Not full-blown Scrooge, mind you—not so much “Bah, Humbug” as “meh, whatever.” There were several external factors … more

The real story rarely starts or ends where we think it does

The penultimate sentence of one of my favorite stories goes “But for them, that was only the beginning of the real story.” That has always struck me as unusually profound, especially coming, as … more

Looking back on a quarter-century

Some 25 years ago... Bill Clinton was President, Hillary was just as unpopular, and the unpopularity of her signature policy initiative led to an electoral drubbing of Democrats. Also, the world had … more

Shift with the times, or be shifted

“The only constant in life is change”—my Dad. And, probably, lots of people before him. Given the wisdom of that adage, I’ve always wondered what it takes for people to stay ahead of the … more

Odd observations from turkey week

It’s like rai-ee-ain, on your wedding day…. And isn’t it ironic? With all due respect to the phenomenal musical/lyrical talent of Alanis Morissette, rain on your wedding day isn’t actually, … more

Finding thankfulness in the struggle

I have a friend. I know. Big surprise for everybody who knows me. Anyway, this friend of mine is having a difficult time right now in his life. Or, to be more specific, in his marriage. That’s … more

Happy little holiday outing ideas

I went for a little run the other night, and, as usual, I tracked it with Endomondo. No, I’m not going to tell you my time, my distance, my average speed ... Nothing. Not your business. And it’s … more

An Open Letter to Every Person Between the Ages of Nine and Twenty-four

You’re scaring me. Look, I know we’ve stuck you in a world that’s in disarray. We’re a little confused, ourselves. We’re not sure if we’re supposed to tell you to work hard, stay focused … more
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