Back in the Day

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” These words are generally attributed to Helen Keller. However, others identify William Shakespeare and Mahatma Gandhi as the first to coin this phrase. One website that I found, points out that this aphorism has been cited i…

If you were around twenty years ago yesterday, the events of September 11, 2001, are undoubtedly still with you. What occurred on this day is very difficult to forget. As the country geared up for this year’s recognition, my thoughts returned to where I was on that tragic day, a day that I w…

Last week, I found myself physically back in my childhood neighborhood, having an experience that I had not had in many years. In recent years, I have driven through my old neighborhood and on occasion driven by the home that my parents created for my siblings and me. But last week, I actual…

Many of you have experienced the annoying feeling of being in the process of preparing a meal only to discover that a needed ingredient is nowhere to be found. Perhaps you had a similar experience when cleaning your home and discovered no cleanser, wax or window cleaner. Tackling a much-need…

Most of us remember our first job for it is usually embedded in our consciousness. It may have been your very first job; or perhaps your first job out of high school, trade school or college. No matter, you were told things that shaped your views of employment and enabled you to survive the …

Your bedroom light does not work; the faucet in your bathroom leaks; the lock on your front door does not catch; a crack in a wall needs patching; or you need shelves built to de-clutter your basement. Like many, you turn to advertisements in the yellow pages or newspapers or to individuals …

There are a host of things we take for granted. A few weeks ago, as I drove from a friend’s residence to my home, I thought about one of these things. I paused at traffic signs and observed traffic lights turning red, then green followed by amber. I thought about how challenging it would be …

A few weeks ago, I took a page out of Diana Ross’ April 1970 hit song, “Reach Out and Touch Someone” by calling friends and relatives with whom I had not communicated in years. It was my hope that in keeping with the lyrics of Ross’ song through these calls, I would “make this a better place…

Many of us have experienced damaged fall and winter clothing because we did not properly prepare for moths and other cloth eating insects such as termites, cockroaches, carpet beetles, crickets, fire bats and silverfish known to invade our closets and other storage spaces. Hopefully, you too…

On a return trip, from a funeral in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania recently, I became extremely hungry. The driver, a friend and fraternity Brother, Jerome Dean, stopped at one of the premier fast-food restaurants in the area and entered a long line for the drive-thru window. Thankfully, the l…

Bob Swift has been in the residential and commercial cleaning business for approximately sixty years. Based in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, The Swift Brothers Janitorial Services was established by Bob Swift and his brother James in 1962 and he later created Swift and Son in 1984. He eventual…

There are many things that I once did but no longer do. I thought about this a few weeks ago, as I reached for a paper clip to clean my ears, while sitting at my desk. I know that someone will contact me to warn me that my use of this paper clip was not safe; it was something I should not do…