Life at Elon: Heading into year four of this experiment

Today I enter my fourth year of working as a development writer at Elon University. To say leaving newspapers for higher education radically changed my life for the better is still a massive understatement. In fact my first day on the job was a clear indicator of just how different life would be. On the … Continue reading Life at Elon: Heading into year four of this experiment

It was a newspaper marriage, right down to the invitation

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I first wrote this in 2007, on the 10th anniversary of my marriage to the former Roselee Papandrea. I'm sharing it again today on our 22nd anniversary. And this time I was able to include the unusual wedding invitation referenced in the story. --- It was a newspaper marriage right down to the … Continue reading It was a newspaper marriage, right down to the invitation

Still standing by my tips for a successful marriage after five years

Five years ago our friend and former newspaper colleague Molly McGowan married her college sweetheart Jamie Gorsuch. Both are Elon University grads who met as first-year students. At the time I wrote a column with my own tips for success in marriage -- not that I'm an expert or anything, just very fortunate to have … Continue reading Still standing by my tips for a successful marriage after five years

By the numbers: The journey continues into year three on Madison’s Avenue

A little more than two years ago I posed a question to my friends on Facebook. I stated that I planned to begin a writing project online via a wordpress blog. What should I call it? Quickly the folks who responded rallied around a particular name. I provided a suitable photo befitting an alleged writer … Continue reading By the numbers: The journey continues into year three on Madison’s Avenue

Another Festivus miracle! There will be no airing of grievances . . . today

Today -- that's Dec. 23 according to Seinfeldian lore -- is Festivus. It's a completely goofy pre-Christmas celebration / holiday that wasn't exactly fictional even when it was first widely introduced in a season nine episode of the long-running 1990s TV situation comedy "Seinfeld." Yes, Festivus, motto "A Festivus for the rest of us," existed … Continue reading Another Festivus miracle! There will be no airing of grievances . . . today

The lessons and healing from the Pan-Am 103 bombing continue after 30 years

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today (December 21, 2018) is the 30-year anniversary of the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 -- a singular event in global history and a major tragedy for hundreds of families, the village of Lockerbie Scotland where the mid-air explosion occurred and Syracuse University where 35 students perished. My wife, Roselee Papandrea Taylor, was … Continue reading The lessons and healing from the Pan-Am 103 bombing continue after 30 years

Let there be lights: My spouse’s journey to becoming Clark Griswold

The other night I was watching the now iconic holiday movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Somewhere between the time the always wacky Griswold family obtains a Christmas tree only Paul Bunyan could use but before clueless Uncle Louis fries the ginormous evergreen with his cigar, the film's perpetually befuddled and clumsy hero Clark W. Griswold … Continue reading Let there be lights: My spouse’s journey to becoming Clark Griswold