Things Worth Sticking Around For That I
Haven’t Tried Yet

  • The Classics I’ve yet to read beginning with The Odyssey
  • Jump from an airplane, land safely on the ground
  • Kayak the Mississippi from St. Paul to New Orleans
  • Visit Antarctica
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostok
  • Perfect my French
  • Make amends
  • Be a good dad

Things I May Not Live Long Enough To Learn

  • How to fix things
  • How to manage money
  • To enjoy yard work
  • Daytime TV
  • Perfect my French
  • Make amends
  • Be a good dad

Admirable People

  • Marie Curie
  • Ernest Shackleton
  • Irving Berlin
  • Studs Terkel
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Paul Robeson
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Dalai Lama
  • Isaac Newton
  • Muhammad
  • Michelle Obama
  • Greta Thunberg
  • David Attenborough
  • Isaac Babel
  • Johannes Gutenberg
  • Elizabeth Friedman

Underappreciated Things

  • Public Libraries
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Avocados
  • Long Relief Pitchers
  • History
  • Dentists
  • Translators
  • Ghost Writers


The sweep of goodness in the world curves upward. If it doesn’t seem that way it is because our lives are too short to be aware of great change other than that which happens to us personally.

Some day a major part of human nourishment will come from materials derived from insects. (Don’t be concerned. It will be a long time.)

If Jimmy Hoffa is ever found we will be glad only briefly. Then we will wish he’d disappear again.

Never watch a movie with ‘Hawaii’ in the title.

Movies with ‘Moon’ in the title are usually entertaining.

Most international laws amount to little.

It don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.

Blueberry Pie is very good.

Diamond rings are not beautiful, an open heart is beautiful. New shoes are not beautiful, kindness is beautiful. Vulnerability is beautiful. Compassion, honesty, courage, and confidence are the really beautiful things.

My friend Jackson’s list of good baseball names

  • Matt Batts
  • Homer Bush
  • Champ Summers
  • Bob Walk
  • Cub Stricker
  • Cecil Fielder
  • Bill Hands
  • Barry Foote
  • Dizzy Trout
  • Kevin Bass
  • Chico Salmon
  • Catfish Hunter
  • Razor Shines
  • Sterling Sharp
  • Chris Short
  • Dale Long
  • Chief Bender
  • Narciso Crook
  • Brad Penny
  • Rodney Nichols
  • Don Money
  • Willie Banks
  • Barry Bonds
  • Norm Cash
  • Rollie Fingers

And Jackson, being Jackson, could not resist including the following:

  • Pete LaCock
  • Rod Carew
  • Dick Pole
  • Wilbur Wood