I don't are what you think about my cargo shorts

August 4th, 2017

In Defense of Cargo Shorts

I don’t get the hate out there for cargo shorts, seriously not at all.  I’ve seen this article posted a handful of times, I do note that it was shared on April 1, 2016, so I do hope that it was an April Fools’ joke though I have no proof to believe that.  None the less [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…]

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…]

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…]