Finding Plato

People of a ‘mature persuasion’ know these things to be true: When having problems with your computer, ask your kids for help. If it’s urgent, ask your grandchildren. And so it came to pass one day in our den. Our family had just received our first home computer with all of the usual accouterments: monitor, … More Finding Plato

The Foot Race

John Thomas Shelley was a big man, both in stature and in his line of work. He was tall and sported an abundant girth that strained the captain’s chair where he presided over a family table seating up to 12. JT could be firm. He needed to be.  He’d fathered 10 children and was a leader … More The Foot Race

Bear Hugs

It was a ritual.  We called it ‘Bear Hugs’.  The grandkids ran down the front hall at their home and jumped into my arms.  Wonderful!  But one day, that all changed. Jonathan and I started it.  He was almost two then.  He’d come scampering and laughing down the 20-foot hallway and leap into my arms … More Bear Hugs