" It's Just Part of the Trip Dave, Just Part of the Trip"

A few months ago I was driving home from my cousin Dave’s house in Wildomar. I’d gone out to drive him to his doctor’s appointment at Loma Linda Medical Center. Dave is afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease and has an appointment about every four weeks or so. Since retiring two years ago I’ve sort of become …

TBT Recollections of a High School Counselor: Forgiveness

The act of forgiveness is perhaps one of the most difficult things that we can do. It does not come naturally to us and goes against our natural instinct to protect ourselves from injury. When someone’s actions or words hurt us and cause emotional distress we usually shrink back and lick our wounds, trying to understand …

Our Daily Bread: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Awhile back  I was treated to yet another thought-provoking homily. This time around it was Father Rich who reached in and rattled my thinking a bit. He first paid tribute to the victims of 9/11, then spoke about some of the survivors and why they happened to not be in the towers that morning. There were …

TBT Recollections of a High School Counselor: The New Senior Moment

Well it happened again yesterday morning while I was driving to work. I had just turned right on Fenimore Ave. and was heading north when I suddenly realized that Fenimore is in a direct line with the big white, letter ‘A’ painted on one of the foothills above Azusa. I can’t tell you how many …

TBT Recollections of a High School Counselor: "A Message to My Final Graduating Class 2013"

Well seniors tonight you graduated. Well, most of you anyway. The moment you’ve been working towards for most of your lives arrived at last. Your thirteen year, K-12 academic journey is officially over! The air in the corridor where we lined up the nearly three hundred of you graduates, for your “Pomp and Circumstance” procession …