Antarctica – The Chance of a Lifetime

The Dream

Ever since I was a kid and picked up my first book of the continents, and saw Antarctica way down south at the bottom of the world, I’ve dreamed of going there. Antarctica is remote, cold and barren. I’m not sure what this says about my personality, but I’m drawn to it. Soon, I [...]

First Impressions Aren’t Always Right

Susan Boyle is a 47 year old unemployed woman from Great Britain. She lives alone with her cat, Pebbles, and according to her has never been kissed. She recently appeared on the television program Britain’s Got Talent. When asked by Simon Cowell what her dream was, she replied “to be a professional singer.”  Cowell then [...]

The Road Goes On Forever, and The Party Never Ends

“I like your music,” she said as she hopped into my truck. “Who is it?”

“Joe Ely.”

“I never heard of him, but I like it!”

“You aren’t from Texas, I reckon?”

“No, Alabama. You?”

“New Jersey.”

I was in Mississippi helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005. On the long drive from New Jersey, I had been [...]

Be Good Or Be Gone

In 1854, three years after arriving in New York, John McSorley opened a small ale house at 15 East 7th Street in Manhattan. It was originally named “The Old House at Home” and later changed to “McSorley’s Old Time Ale House” in 1908. The word “time” was eventually removed from the name. McSorley’s only served [...]