Yule Candles

December 21st, 2016

“Yule” be glad you read this!

My family loves a good celebration.  This fact makes December quite a fun month for us.  There is so much to celebrate.  I am fond of using the term “Happy Holidays” during this season because I never know who is celebrating what, or if they are like me and celebrating everything they can. Tonight my [Read More…]

Thankful

November 20th, 2016

9 Ways to be Thankful

Here in the United States we are prepping for Thanksgiving. A favorite holiday of mine because it reminds me to take a moment and realize and take stock of the many good things in my life.  My wife, my kids, my extended family, my friends, my health, etc… ( this list can go on for [Read More…]

November 3rd, 2016

Hey Pop, We Went All The Way!

There aren’t many things that connect people like rooting for a sports team does.  It is amazing how for a few precious moments during a crucial game that politics, race, stereotypes, and whathaveyou don’t matter, you can unite for your team and cheer, smile, laugh, and cry.  For 30+ years that’s what I got to [Read More…]

October 25th, 2016

5 Fatherhood Lessons from the Lovable Losers

I turned 40 this year, and if I can cap it off with any one thing it would be the Cubs winning the World Series.  For the first time in 71 years Cubs fan can root for their team in that very series.  It is a very exciting time for me… and with any luck my [Read More…]

Learning from experience

September 23rd, 2016

I wish I hadn’t done that

“I wish I hadn’t done that…” “I didn’t mean to…” “I didn’t think that would happen…” As a dad these are things I hear my children say, far more often than I would like to.  It is heartbreaking to be a parent at the point these words are uttered. That is the point at which [Read More…]

Playing Angry Young Man

September 11th, 2016

I WAS an Angry Young Man

I sat at the piano this weekend plunking around and playing bits and pieces of songs I used to play all the time when I was in my late teens and early twenties.  My youngest son who is currently learning piano was getting quite a kick out of it.  At one point I began playing [Read More…]

Faith, Fear, and the Cleansing Power of Shampoo

August 25th, 2016

Faith, Fear, and the Cleansing Power of Shampoo

Over plates of spicy Mexican food the other night I revealed to my wife a moment that was one of the most defining character experiences that I have had in my adult life.  She was surprised that she had not heard the story before; thinking back on it I am a little surprised that it [Read More…]