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…]

Winning well means not always winning

March 8th, 2016

You can’t win ’em all… If you want to win well.

I love playing chess. It is fun solving a puzzle that reacts to each move you make. You have to consider at each move what it could mean three or four moves later.  Just because you can take a piece doesn’t mean you should and just because you like a certain piece doesn’t mean you [Read More…]

Swearing

February 25th, 2016

I’m Teaching My Kids to Swear

I have given up on watching my language around my kids.  I don’t let them swear though and I have no problem with the double standard either.  I have friends on both sides of the fence on this issue. Some are very careful about every word that comes out of their mouths and vigilant about [Read More…]