Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Grandsons Reflecting on Grandfathers

As a grandfather, I’m naturally drawn to stories about grandfathers, especially ones in which grandsons reflect on their grandfathers. Two grandfatherly stories recently caught my attention, featuring reflections by the … Continue reading

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Hamilton: Yes, It’s Really That Good.

It isn’t often that you feel grateful for the chance to spend hundreds of dollars for tickets to a play. But grateful is how you feel after seeing Hamilton the musical. … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Confession: I Slept in a Trump Bed

I have a confession. We stayed in DC in the Trump International Hotel. It wasn’t a conscious choice. All the other hotels were booked. The March for Science, you know. … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Setting the Record Straight on Mary Magdalene

The crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection celebrated on Easter has been called the greatest story ever told. So it’s appropriate Easter is the day when a group of women try … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Wonderfully Beautiful World of Sesame Street

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the entire world could be like Sesame Street. The iconic children’s show, which also wised up generations of adults, has debuted a new character named … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

From Common Tables to Common Ground

The search for common ground has become increasingly elusive. Maybe we aim for something simpler, such as a common table. Tables are where people meet, eat, drink and talk. There are … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Redeeming Water Bottles and Seeing the Final Four

A big event for me these days is going to the recycling center to redeem water bottles. You can imagine my reaction when our son-in-law informed Carole and me we had … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · 1 Comment