We all need something to believe in (Q20)

T’was the night before Christmas, and I lay awake Unable to sleep as I watched the cookies we had baked. I wanted to catch Santa as he arrived by surprise, But I’d drift off the dream land when I closed my eyes. I would awake from a rustle or the clink of a mug, Cookies…

We all grow old (Q18)

“I saw an old man sitting in his car in his driveway with his window rolled down. He didn’t look like he was heading anywhere. His eyes looked as if they were playing back memories long gone. I saw myself…” It was Sunday and we were all over by my grandparents’ house for dinner. That meant there…

Stop looking down (Q17)

I look down as I step foot back into the “concrete jungle”. The ground is littered with forgotten dreams, lost hope, broken spirits, blood, sweat and tears. Of course I can’t see any of it, but I can certainly feel the crunch underfoot as I take each step. “Look up,” is the phrase that plays…

Treat everyone like family (Q16)

My uncle was a laid back happy-go-lucky guy. Nothing ever looked like it bothered him with a smile on his face all the time… even when he was sick. It is true that I did not know him as well as I could have, but I did know him well enough. Well enough to know…

A goat smells like goat (Q14)

When I was little I used to spend time in Italy with my grandparents. I was a big trouble maker, so it’s hard to believe how anyone put up with me. If I have a child that tries to pull the stuff that I did growing up… I may go bonkers. I recall one time…

Open your ears to the clouds (Q13)

There is a gentle breeze in the air. The pine tree is slowly dancing to the sounds of leaves blowing in the wind. A bumble bee buzzes by; flying from plant to plant in search of whatever it is that might tickle his fancy. Grapes hang from their vine waiting to ripen. The leaves of…

Drop the plan and wing it (Q11)

It was three years ago this month when I proposed to my wife. We had been together for a long, long time. I finally felt comfortable with where I was in my career and found myself with the means to propose and then (barely) afford a wedding. I decided I was going to plan out…

Generosity ripples through generations (Q10)

With some discouraging news having come up last week, 52Quarters has not been top of mind. As such, I will have two shorter posts this week (1 to make up for last week and 1 for this week). There are always lots of stories shared at the dinner table… some sticking out more than others.…

A little bird can change your perspective (Q8)

When I was little I spent quite a bit of time in Italy with my grandmother. I did lots to keep myself occupied (collected giant snails, rode a bike without brakes down the mountain side, climbed hay bales, and a number of other things that got me in trouble). I never went looking to get…