Missing out

If you spend your days with your nose in the news or on a computer, you’re missing out. You really are! There is so much wonder all around us that it’s hard not to be in awe. You don’t necessarily have to go to Montana or Oregon or other exotic place to find it either. […]

Summer Struggles

Summer is sometimes a real struggle for me. It’s one of those things that made my choice of major so difficult when I went back to school. I was torn between something I knew would support my family and something I loved above all. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I’d rather be […]

Messing with management

I decided a long time ago that life is too short not to have a little fun. And given some of the quirky management personnel I’ve had, the opportunities have been abundant! Management–What are they thinking? Anyone in the corporate world–or any job for that matter–knows that there are so many goofy, odd or downright […]

Putting the light back in my life

Recently, I watched a webinar discussing migraine triggers–specifically light. Unfortunately for chronic migraine sufferers, light is one of the most common triggers. As a result, we tend to hide from the light or eliminate it completely. It made me think about how I deal with light and migraines. Living in the dark I realize that I’ve […]

Toilet paper

In a continuation of my potty posts, I bring you the story of the toilet paper. This is not a weird injury story! Rather, this is a story from my days as Systems Manager at The Shelbyville News. Background The Shelbyville News was a small Paxton newspaper in Shelbyville, Indiana. The joke in town was […]


Yesterday I went home to visit my parents–and my “pawpaw”. You never know what you’re going to get with him. Sometimes he’s visibly angry and others, he’s ready to talk about almost anything. This visit was one of the latter–the good visits. He’s the only grandparent I have left and as difficult as he may be, I […]


Like many American children, I had pet dirigibles as a child. You know–dirigibles. Those cute little rodents with the long tails? Ok, so maybe they aren’t called dirigibles. What I’m talking about are gerbils. But then again, I never had a gerbil–I had 3 hamsters and 4 Guinea pigs. So why do I say that […]

What is a Hoosier?

What exactly is a Hoosier? Simply put, a Hoosier is someone from Indiana, but what is the origin of the word? Theories abound, but I don’t believe there is a consensus about the origin. In fourth grade Indiana state history, we heard several different stories about Hoosier. Origin theory There’s the story about a knife […]

They don’t say Haines

Nobody remembers “They don’t say Haines until I say they say Haines” like I do. In the mid-1980’s, the Hanes company introduced Inspector 12. The commercials showed Inspector 12 stretching a pair of underwear while reciting the tagline above. Very catchy and memorable marketing. However, for a 4th grader with the name of Haines, that […]

Gone Fishing

As a child, I remember fishing being a big deal in our family. When I was about 6, my great-grandfather Dewey (John Dewey Haines) died while fishing. I don’t remember much about Grandpa Dewey, but I know that fishing was his “release”. My understanding is that he and my grandma Lucille were never happy together. […]

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