Category Archive: Story

Aug 13

The Nazis Were Never This Stupid

One day as a child, I was watching Hogan’s Heroes with my dad. He was laughing at the antics of the goofy Nazis and the way they were being played by Hogan and the gang. Suddenly, he stopped laughing and looked me in the eyes. “The Nazis weren’t stupid.” There was a chill to his …

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Apr 13

Day 12 of Positive Impacts – My Dad’s Three Warnings

I have written somewhat about my relationship with my dad. The short-hand is Hank and Bobby Hill, if Hank had a brogue instead of a twang.  There is much more I can write about him, I am sure.  I just want to quickly lay down his three laws that he emphasized. Never get behind the …

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Apr 13

Day 11 of Positive Impacts- Some Korean Family in LA

I was watching early morning Sunday TV, one of those new programs. It was the mid-1980s, and I was living in California. At this point in my life, I knew one Korean Family, and their last name was Holoboski, so we can guess they were not fully Korean.  They did a full Korean cousin living …

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Apr 09

Day 8 of Positive Impacts: Cousin Barb

Shortly after my father died when I was 14 years old, a young girl in my high school came up to me and asked me if I was Dan Carroll. I assumed she carried a note telling me to go to the vice-principle’s office because I had committed some infraction, but I said yes anyway. …

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Apr 07

Day 7 of Positive Impacts – Fictional Detective James Rockford

So far, all my influences have been actual people, with whom I interacted. James Rockford is the first fictional influence. Wrongly convicted of a crime, then pardoned by the governor, Jim Rockford worked as a private detective solving convoluted, unlikely crimes for 200 dollars a day plus expenses from his trailer parked on the beach …

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Apr 07

Day 6 of Positive Impacts – Pat Dandridge

When I was a young man figuring out what things were going to work well in my life, I worked retail in a very rough neighborhood in Atlanta. How rough was it? I heard a shoot out in the parking lot. That kind of sums it up. I was desperate for a better life for …

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Apr 05

Day 5 of Positive Impacts – Leo Buscaglia

I have written four posts about positive impacts in my life, but today I want to take a moment to talk about the man who taught me what love is.  I never met Dr. Felice “Leo” Buscaglia, and that makes my life less. But, I have read him, listened to him, and watched him throughout …

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Apr 04

Day 4 of Positive Impacts – Forrest J. Ackerman

As a young boy with weird tastes, I was an outsider. The fact that I was, for lots of reasons, a social pariah didn’t help. Uncharismatic, badly socialized, and having weird tastes is no way to go through grammar school, son.  I was told this often, and eventually learned to be likable. But, before that …

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Apr 03

Day 3 of Positive Impact: Greg Toft

There are critical conversations in our lives, and one of the most critical conversations in my life was with Fr. Greg Toft during my sophomore year of high school.  It was late in lent, and I had not yet had confession, so I stopped by the Catholic High School’s Chapel to get my soul clear …

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Apr 02

Day 2 of Positive Impacts – CTISC Mike

When I was a young sailor in the United States Navy, I was a good worker, but a lousy sailor. My home life was not great, and it was impinging on my mental and physical health.  I have a natural tendency to do things well with autonomy, and reacting badly to micro-management, the SOP for …

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