Deserve’s Got Nothing to Do With It.

I was eating at a local diner when a man, a busybody if there ever was one, decided to plop down next to me and start asking questions about the food pantry I run. After explaining how every bit of food and money we give away is donated by generous townsfolk, he...

Slow Down

“Steve,” my boss said over the telephone, “Can you come down to my office for a minute?”  “Sure thing,” I said, wondering what was up. My boss is a “hands off” type of supervisor. As long as I get my job done, he stays out of my hair – a blessing after years of...

Take Your Hands Away From Your Eyes

“Daddy,” my daughter said. “Is magic real?”  “You mean like when a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat?” “Yes.”  “That’s not magic,” I said, “That’s an illusion.”  “What’s an illusion?”  “Remember how I made that coin...

Ex Nihilo

A little while ago, a friend of mine said, “You know what death is like?”  “Not having died,” I said. “No.”  “Nothing.”  “Come again?’  “It’ll just be one big nothing,” he said. “Do you remember what you were like before you were born?” ...

Stealing Fire

I was huffing and puffing on the Stairmaster at the gym a few weeks ago when I noticed a woman staring at me. In her early forties, she was fit, pretty, and wearing a tight workout garment that accentuated her shapely physique.  Since I don’t suffer from the...

You Have All The Time In The World

“There’s someone her to see you,” one of my volunteers, said.  “Who?” I said, not looking up from my paperwork. “A couple with two kids. They said they need to talk to you.” Even though Christmas is just under two months away, the food pantry I run is already...