• Disengage and Liberate Yourself

    I was teaching class when Christina walked in, a little frazzled, and quite sorry for being late. She is rarely late. She quickly explained why she was tardy: There had been a car accident on Greenspring Valley Road, and the police had shut it down for a bit. No one could get by. “It’s scary, and it shakes you up,” she said. The members in the class agreed. And then we began to speculate. Could the accident have been a result of texting and driving? Driving and texting don’t mix, just like cocktails and driving don’t mix either. No matter what, driving and not paying attention to the road due…

  • Phone Booth Sex Appeal: The Allure of the “Ancient” Pay Phone

    *** A couple of weeks ago, I pulled into the Sunoco gas station that’s located across the street from me to fill up. My kids were in the back of the car; I put the nozzle in and jumped back into the driver’s seat because it was so frigid. Directly across from me was something you don’t see every day: a man using a pay phone. “Look, kids,” I said, almost in shock over the reality of someone actually using an almost extinct product. “See that man? He’s using the pay phone. You don’t see that much anymore.” My kids leaned forward and glared out the front window, watching him…