When is Work Not a Chore?

Walking past the car wash, the sound of singing caught my attention. Turning my gaze towards the direction of the singing, I saw two young men polishing a car fresh out of the car wash. In the bright, early morning sunshine one of the young men momentarily stopped polishing. Polishing cloth in one hand, he…

Oblivious

Never mind the coolness of that breeze as it swept clouds across a winter's sky. Never mind the clouds as they passed in front of the sun to block the sun’s rays from warming the mere mortals below. And never mind the added chill from sitting outdoors in the shade: five men are playing cards.…

Just because…

It isn't Christmas. It isn't Easter. It isn't even someone's birthday. But for me, it is a special time. Months have passed since the last time I saw my niece. A niece who from the very first time I held her in my arms as a baby still occupies a special place in my heart.…

Babies and Puppies

What do babies and puppies have in common? With not a thought about tomorrow’s worries, stresses, or heartache; babies and puppies live in the moment. Never mind both being unable to talk, if they are miserable you know about it. So, too, there’s no mistaking the message of faces aglow with pure joy, or the…

Welcome Respite

It has taken nearly two months, but last night the overnight temperature finally dropped below 19 degrees Celsius. And the welcome respite enticed even the most sleep-deprived soul among us to sleep. Deeply and soundly: the blessed slumber of restorative sleep. Better yet, today is a pleasant change from the relentless hot, oppressive, and humid…