Quikie - Soul Mates

August 8th, 2016

Quickie: Soul Mates

The other day while we were out on a family bike ride we stopped mid-way for a little refreshment. My wife and I apparently got talking a little lovey-dovey to each other and we may have made mention that we are “soul mates” that apparently prompted this thought from him: “I believe in soul mates [Read More…]

A very young Diarydad enjoying a good story

July 11th, 2016

Telling a really good story

A good story can’t wait to be told. Sometimes it has to be found, worked on, and whittled into a shape that can be digested by an audience. Some stories we have been telling for thousands of years and at the hands of a master craftsman it is received not just by our mind and [Read More…]

June 23rd, 2016

Quickie: Spray Tans

Driving home from the city we passed a billboard advertising spray tans at a local tanning salon chain here.  My youngest (California-raised) boy had questions… 10 yo: What’s a spray tan? Me: People go into a tanning salon and basically have their skin sprayed a little darker. 10 yo: like spray painting? Me: Yeah, they [Read More…]

Marcus Aurelius

June 11th, 2016

Are you not yet entertained?

I stood in front of a centuries old sculpture of Marcus Aurelius last week, during one of my frequent trips to the Institute of Art in Chicago, and I was moved to tears.  As I thought on a man who led a great empire but did so nobly with a philosophy that valued self restraint, duty, and respect [Read More…]

My Sons Shoes

May 11th, 2016

Where will the feet that fill these shoes go?

I found myself looking at this pair of shoes left in front of the sink in our bathroom last week and I had an awful moment of enlightenment.  They fit snuggly on the feet of  my 12 year-old son.  As I stood there looking at them I could almost see him standing there looking into [Read More…]

April 22nd, 2016

Quickie: No Time For Love

Talking to my youngest after his soccer practice the other day while he dribbled his soccer ball around our room, my wife said out loud that she loved me, which usually elicits a groan or some other show of disgust from him. This time his response was: I’m fine if people are in love… I [Read More…]

Fatherhood is Magic

April 16th, 2016

Fatherhood is Magic

I am watching my boys grow at a spectacular rate. Spectacular because they are growing big, strong, and healthy, but at the same time they just keep growing. Relentless in this goal  to break free of the title of my “little boys”.  That time will be here sooner than I know it and part of [Read More…]