TR Kerth: The Whole Nine Yards

Kerth: The enduring drama of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

I must have been 5 or 6 years old when, fed up with my intolerable condition of having to do chores instead of being coddled and doted-upon nonstop, I told Mom, “I’m running away from home.”

Kerth: In the name of finding fame, the key word is “The”

Parents all over the world dream that their little tyke will grow up to be famous. They go to great ends to see that their tiny tot fulfills that dream – expensive higher educations, grueling music lessons, rigorous athletic training.

Kerth: Silencing a lie is not the same as speaking a truth

You can try to silence objectionable speech with bullets, as the Charlie Hebdo terrorists did recently, but there are quieter ways at work every day.

Kerth: In case you wondered, it’s not as much fun as it sounds

I laughed all the way to the bank the other day.

Kerth: Before turning the page, let’s look back at the old year

It is time once again to turn the page, to say goodnight to tired old 2014 and to welcome in 2015, a clean blank slate just waiting to be scrawled with a whole year’s worth of new mistakes and embarrassments.

Kerth: A letter to a boy who collected more than stamps and coins

Dear Tommy: I know you always wondered what would happen to your collections – those stamps and pennies you spent so much time with down in the damp basement as you organized them at that little beat-up oak roll-top desk with the black ring of fountain-pen ink you spilled on its top.

Kerth: An unexpected feast of patience and thankfulness

Sometimes a day doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would.

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