The Journal of Good News


Is good news boring?  Is there a severe shortage of hopeful, inspirational stories outside of the sports section? Would it violate journalistic standards if the media served up more stories that motivated us to be better people and brightened our days a little? The answer is you can find stories of hope and inspiration ifContinue reading “The Journal of Good News”

Sunday Nights With Shep


The experts at the time might have called the Jean Shepherd show “experimental radio.” Whatever it was, I had never heard anything like the smooth jazz overlaid by that voice, the one that put an arm around my shoulder and whispered, “c’mon pal, I got some cool places to take you to.”

Take My Right Knee


Nature persistently taps me on the back with subtle hints on how to live a happier, more fulfilled life. As my sixty-fourth birthday approaches, the hints are becoming less subtle. Take my right knee, for example. It’s falling apart. The cartilage in the joint has moved out. Arthritis has moved in. The good news isContinue reading “Take My Right Knee”

Morton and the Horses


I remember the day my father asked me to become a partner in the stable.  He was sitting behind his desk in the temporary office space we rented then, dressed in a camel colored sport coat and checkered cotton sport shirt.  He looked straight at me with his bright, keen eyes and proceeded to makeContinue reading “Morton and the Horses”

Silver Sunsets


When the horses reached the quarter pole, just before turning for home, Silver Sunsets galloped contentedly, exactly where he wanted to be — in last place, thirty lengths out of the lead. Casual bettors, who picked Silver Sunsets by his number or the way he looked in the post parade, are tearing up their ticketsContinue reading “Silver Sunsets”