Heroes

Everyone has their own set of heroes. I am like many, with sports heroes prominent in my adulation, but there has always been one constant hero throughout my life. This is a person who has always stood as a symbol of strength and responsibility to me. He has never questioned me or many of theContinue reading “Heroes”

No Complaints

When it comes to dining out, I possess a great deal of empathy for people employed in the food service industry, from the dishwasher trainee to the prissy Executive Chef; all of them. In my career, and you have heard this a thousand times before, I’m sure, but I started at the lowest of theContinue reading “No Complaints”

It’s Not What You Know

It’s who you know. No question about it. In some Middle Eastern cultures, they believe that everyone has “markers” in their life that guide, inform, and help them as they make their way through this world. I’ve had several myself; I include my big brother Ed as one, as he was very supportive of meContinue reading “It’s Not What You Know”

The Word Unspoken…

Is the word uneaten. My big brother taught me that at the tender age of 8. I have always spoken with grace and intellect, and others immediately gravitated towards me because I was confident and loquacious. Especially the shy kids. I don’t sugarcoat the fact that I was very much insulated to the whole ethnicityContinue reading “The Word Unspoken…”

New Friends

I had a great time performing for the Symphony @Centerville Nursing Home today. I was supposed to have three acts, but both were unable to help, so Maddogg did the 90-minute show and had a blast doing so. As always, I made a few new friends along the way including Norma, a lovely soul whoContinue reading “New Friends”

Legendary

Way overused. There are several strata to negotiate before the word legendary can be bandied about. Start by being good. If you are not at least good, it’s over. You are done before you start. Then you stand out because you are better than the other participants. Time is the other element you must master.Continue reading “Legendary”

Nicknames

I was sitting here enjoying a 33% THC Sativa strain and I started thinking about all the nicknames I’ve had going back as far as I can remember. The first one in memory is Markitos, which my grandma and mother used to call me when I was young. At the same time, my grandfather hadContinue reading “Nicknames”

Smarty Pants

I’ve always been too damn smart for my own good. I admit it. Not proud of it, either. As soon as I was able to enunciate, my big brother would have me read aloud every single word of the “Acknowledgements” of one of his high-school level books, even the word “Acknowledgements.” Then he would makeContinue reading “Smarty Pants”

News Makers

Used to be the news stations would report the news. Then came the insidious VNR’s and the news was now not what it is, but what the news stations want you to think it is. Colored by whatever political affiliations and agendas, news is now identified as “red” or “blue.” Either way, a load ofContinue reading “News Makers”

Heartbreak

I don’t like that word. Your heart does not get broken, per se, when a loved one passes into the next sphere of existence. Broken implies something that needs to be repaired, but your heart will carry the deep hurt of loss until you pass. You can’t fix it. Before I get going, check outContinue reading “Heartbreak”