Weekly Devo: Light! Action!

In the 1985 movie The Purple Rose of Cairo, Cecilia is a New Jersey waitress during the Depression searching for an escape from her dreary life.  She becomes obsessed with a movie of the same name, sitting through it so many times she can repeat every word. The star of the movie, Tom Baxter, a ...

Weekly Devo: Tool Time

I just returned from a huge custom car show in Detroit. You might ask, “Why would grown men get up at 5:00 AM on a Saturday, drive four hours through a snow storm, pay twenty bucks to get into a crowded exhibition hall, walk five miles of show floor, then pile back into a van ...

Weekly Devo: The Borrower

I just got a new laptop. As I was moving old documents to the new computer, I stumbled onto this story from a frazzled mom and realized it was too good to keep hidden in my cyber-vault. Years ago I “copied & pasted” this story, failing to credit the original author… if this is your ...

Weekly Devo: Smarter and Smarter

In the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd (Jim Carrey) develops an irrepressible crush on Mary (Lauren Holly), a beautiful and sophisticated girl who is hopelessly out of his league. Lloyd is an incurable romantic… he’s also a dimwitted optimist. Here’s Lloyd asking Mary about his chances with her: Lloyd: What do you think the chances are ...

Weekly Devo: Barn Find

“Hey, Ron,” my friend asked, “do you know what a Sunbeam Alpine looks like?” Did I ever! My love for cars has been the tail that wags the dog during many seasons of my life. When Marilyn and I simplified, sold our house and downsized, I made a spiritual and financial decision to take a sabbatical ...

Weekly Devo: Gifted

After months of anticipation, Freshmen Orientation finally arrived. I unpacked my bags and squirreled away my personal belongings.  Marilyn’s senior picture and a tiny box of memorabilia sat on the shelf above the laminated counter top that would serve as a common desk for me and my roommate, an upperclassman who wouldn’t arrive for another ...

Weekly Devo: Blindsided

Comfy Couch

Have you seen my cute little office? Its bright blue walls are lined with my favorite kitschy collections. Trust me, it’s way more relaxing than a tire store or car show! (By the way, this is Amy writing this week, not Ron – if you haven’t figured that out yet.) Take a peek inside and you’ll ...

Weekly Devo: Half Time

Crowded into the tight confines of the visitor’s locker room, the embattled players settled to one knee as their coach paced back and forth, slapping the remains of the mangled playbook against his leg with every nervous step. He was disheveled and battle worn, yet his eyes remained level and focused.  What had passed as ...

Weekly Devo: A Spa for Real Men

As I approach my mid-60’s, I tell myself I’m aging like a fine wine… though some might suggest I’m fermenting into hard cider. The needle on my sensitive-male-meter points to “Car-Guy-from-the-60’s” not “Sensitive-Post-Modern-Man.” I want to be more sensitive, more Mr. Rogers-like, but if you squeeze me you get Tim-the-Tool-Man who would rather bite a ...

Weekly Devo: Personal Space

The September sun ricocheted around the parking lot of hot rods with such vivid intensity I found it impossible to focus on the well-dressed business man asking questions about my ‘38 Ford.  Shielding my eyes, I squinted at him, thinking, “This guy might be our buyer! His diamond Rolex cost more than the 25 G’s ...