A true story of how joining a Christmas caroling group completely changed my formerly rotten attitude on Christmas. The grumpy old Scrooge is now a changed man.
For my final semester of college, I had to create a “capstone project” in order to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Storytelling. I decided to use the opportunity to fly from Colorado to Pennsylvania to discover who my Irish ancestors were. I visited churches, schools, birthplaces, and cemeteries, collecting dates and locations. But the best answers I got about who they were were and what their lives were like came from a phone call I had weeks later with a professor of Irish studies at NYU.
Of all the marketing projects I’ve worked on, one that truly stands out from the rest is the one where I found myself one evening wearing a tie, sitting down at a table at a five-star hotel in the Rocky Mountains, eating salmon and steak and listening to a four-star army general singing a Frank Sinatra song.
This episode is all about baseball! As a lifelong observer of the sport, an occasional participant, and, sometimes, a coach for my son’s baseball teams, I’ve noticed that baseball — sometimes called one of America’s gifts to the world — has a lot to teach us.
In 2011, I received two free tickets and backstage passes to see Weird Al Yankovic at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The concert was great, but the whole experience surrounding it was one of the strangest, most surreal experiences of my life.
For the past decade or so, my facial hair has fluctuated back and forth between being neat and trim and fully grown and bushy. As any man who’s taken the time to grow a full beard knows, the strangest part about having a beard isn’t your facial hair itself but everything else that goes along with it.
You’re listening to Micron: a one-man podcast with short episodes about life, travel, discovery, learning, and failure. I’m Ron Stauffer, the creator, writer, producer, and host. This episode is a show preview; an introduction to who and what Micron is all about. I hope you like it.