Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:00

I Never Scored a Touchdown

I never hit a homeroom, sank the winning shot, or scored a touchdown. Growing up, I played all of the sports, but not the way they were meant to be played. In my hometown we had expectations. We didn't have an "everyone plays rule". Our rule was simple. Only the best, most deserving played. And that wasn't me. But my brothers, well, they were Massillon Tigers.

Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

I Grew Up in Dodge

It's nestled along the banks of the Tuscarawas River. Today, it's a slow town, having seen its heyday. Back in mid-20th century, it produced some of the finest steel in the world. Its high school football team, through the early seventies, had won the state of Ohio's High School Football Championship twenty-one times. It was the home of a decent list of famous and notable historic figures, like Paul Brown and the Gish sisters. And when I think of this place, I smile and reminisce with fond memories because I grew up in this wonderful burg. I'm from Dodge.

Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00

I Grew Up Down By the Tracks

I grew up by the tracks. Well, not exactly, but I lived by the tracks on a couple occasions in my life. It was because my family was low income and it seemed that the railroad always went through poor neighborhoods. Sure, it was many years ago and things were difficult and I guess some might feel sorry for me or anyone else who used to live in a low income neighborhood, down by the tracks. But please don't.

Published in Slice of Life
Sunday, 31 March 2013 00:00

I'm No Longer Looking...

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." I have to admit, when I read this quote it made me take stock and I immediately thought about my recent travels. For the past few weeks I have been able to avoid airplanes and have actually taken road trips. I love road trips. When I was young, taking them were excruciating, but now, much older, I take time to enjoy the drive. While they are every bit as exhausting as they were in my early years, I have to admit that now; these trips are giving me the opportunity to catch all the beautiful things that I once missed.

Published in Inspirational Stories
Saturday, 30 March 2013 00:00

Keeping it Simple

I took this photograph outside of Berlin, Ohio which boasts the largest Amish Community in the world and when I saw the buggy coming towards me, I was reminded of the recent electrical  black-out that much of Ohio experienced a few weeks ago as a result of a violent, unexpected storm.  The storm happened during the hottest week in the year and for days many Ohioans, including I, were out of power.  It was absolutely miserable and I admit, I was one of those people dialing AEP to find out when the power would be restored.  But when I passed this gentlemen and his buggy a question went through my head that made me laugh - "How many Amish complained to AEP about their power being out."  And of course, the answer is none.  

Published in Inspirational Stories
Sunday, 20 September 2009 00:00

The Massillon Tigers

I grew up in the small city of Massillon.  Situated in Northeastern Ohio, it's claim to fame is football.  Located less than 10 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the town has a long, storied history of significant gridiron greats and gridiron accomplishments.  In Massillon, September to November were the greatest times to be alive.  That was when it all happened.  And everything, and I mean everything, revolve around our high school football team, the Massillon Washington High School Tigers, or better known as the Massillon Tigers.