Learning By Living – Short Stories

My grandfather was a master storyteller and after hearing some of the whoppers my father spun…and some of mine to my own son…methinks I’ve been blessed…or maybe I should say…cursed…with the same predilection. Add in a twisted sense of humor and there is a very real potential I can find a story in just about anything…and have some of them posted here. Some are a little off-color, but every one told is based upon real and/or imagined life in my world.

We learn something every day, or maybe I should rephrase that; we have the opportunity to learn something every day. That has been the case for me anyway, and my track record of accepting every opportunity to actually learn anything could easily be called into question. There are times when we learn at the hands of consequences from the choices we make; other learning gets thrust upon us whether we were prepared for it, deserved it, ignored it for as long as possible, or just plain were blind to it altogether. Somewhere in that mix is the blessing of having “free will” to choose, often at our own peril.

My objective here is to generate a smile…and a laugh-out-loud is pure bonus. We should strive to live life intentionally and take every opportunity to laugh at it, even when some of the most hilarious moments are a product of our own mistakes, and on occasion, outright stupidity. But then, such is life, and by sharing those insane moments in my life that I’ve managed to survive, I just might bring a smile to a face I’ll never see and warm a heart I’ll never know. That’s okay though, because I put these things out there for somebody…anybody…to read and find an opportunity to laugh at living life, even if it’s mine.

Where do I find these moments? Sometimes they are not sought out intentionally; they just seem to find me. I do not start out intending to write about things that happen to me, but at some point after I’ve been able to look back and reflect, I find a story waiting to be told.

So…from institutions like Waffle House to the perils of the Great Dismal Swamp, and places not yet experienced…or survived…I offer up a few stories that I hope will put a smile on your face.


I’ve added a list of the stories I’ve written below, although they can be found scrolling through the main body of the blog as well. The humorous stories are mixed right in the with serious discipline of my work in Learning & Development. Why? Even some of the L&D posts have their twisted moments, so dig in and enjoy!

Is It Really That Cold? – Just ask the monkey

Putting a Tom Cat Into a Pet Carrier: 28-Easy Steps – Yeah right…easy…

Waiting For the 9:29 – A story triggered by a visit to an old abandoned train station

Scattered & Smothered – A Waffle House moment I’ll never forget

Road Trip to Beckley – A moving adventure with family

Momentum: A Fat Man’s Dilemma – 270lbs, wheels on feet, 5% incline, and gravity are a recipe for disaster

Let Sleeping Dogs…err…Moccasins Lie – Fishing in the Great Dismal Swamp when stupid shows up…without the net

Possum Wars – Being at the top of the food chain is not really an advantage


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