Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Hangin’ Paw with Abbie

We clearly have underrated the potential of dogs. They can fight crime, detect cancer, protect our homes, guide the blind and give therapy to the sick. Now we find out … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Great Day at the Zoo

Any day at the zoo is wonderful. A day at the zoo with your granddaughter is sublime. Ten-year-olds like Ava bring curiosity and unbridled enthusiasm that adults lose through life. … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Let the Chipps Fall Where They May

Everybody needs a role model. I would choose Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, except it’s too far-fetched. He’s 6-7 and 23. I’m a little shorter and a lot older. Chipps … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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