“Your Life” – Emphasis needed

I sure wish someone would tell me when parenting becomes easier.  I really thought once my kids could complete the whole going-to-bed cycle themselves, I was pretty much in the clear. Yet, every age seems to bring with it a fresh set of anxiety-ridden angst. For example, my oldest son Jack is a freshman in college. He … Read more“Your Life” – Emphasis needed

7 Thoughts Too Big to Tweet and Too Small to Blog 3.0

A weird thought I had the other day, what if dogs exploded spontaneously when they died? All of their other positive traits like loyalty would still be the same, except they just blow up upon their demise. Not a huge explosion, just enough to blow out all the windows in your living room.  The stress … Read more7 Thoughts Too Big to Tweet and Too Small to Blog 3.0

When I’m a Grandpa Someday…

As I notice there are more years in the rear-view mirror than over the hood, I can’t help thinking about some day becoming a grandfather. I’ve been told often that it is truly the best of times. You can get the little ones all riled up, and when they refuse to go down for their naps, … Read moreWhen I’m a Grandpa Someday…

How to Fix Sports in 2015

With the turning over of another year, it behooves us to take a closer look at how we spend our scant free time. Despite the blistering cold, for many of us January remains a hot month for sports viewing. With bowl games, NFl playoffs and college basketball heating up, this month doesn’t have to be … Read moreHow to Fix Sports in 2015

Unbroken – My Review

Expectations were high for my wife and I as we went to see Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken, which chronicles the incredible story of Louis Zamperini. During his life, he set a high school record for the mile that stood for twenty years, competed at the Olympics while still in his teens, graduated from … Read moreUnbroken – My Review

Between the Lines of A White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know… Living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, one could always depend on a white Christmas. Between the lake effect snow and drifting winds, it was not unusual to wake up without being able to see out of any first-floor windows. Despite what my … Read moreBetween the Lines of A White Christmas

My Don’t Wist List for Santa

Dear Santa; I know… I know… Adults aren’t supposed to waste their time writing letters to you. Really, what’s the point? As the jolly, red-suited, head elf himself, you surely have more important things to do than listen to the whiny pleadings of a middle-aged man; but I’d like you to hear me out anyways. … Read moreMy Don’t Wist List for Santa

A Pre-Commencement Address

As a new school year begins, I can’t help thinking about all the wasted words given out during countless commencement addresses last Spring. Giving a pep talk to someone moments away from graduating makes no sense to me. By then, it’s too late to make any changes. Instead, we should focus on giving them the … Read moreA Pre-Commencement Address

A Long Ride Home

It’s 3:23 in the morning. My family and I are making our way home from the airport. A few short hours ago, we were all in California saying goodbye to our close relatives after an extended visit; now, we’re back in Indianapolis. A light rain, just enough to make me turn on the wipers, is … Read moreA Long Ride Home

7 Thoughts Too Big to Tweet and Too Small to Blog 2.9

If I discover something that someone else already discovered, but that I had no knowledge of before, shouldn’t I be considered as equally intelligent as the person who saw it first? For example, I was looking out my classroom window, and I observed two large Canadian geese foraging for food on the school’s lawn. As … Read more7 Thoughts Too Big to Tweet and Too Small to Blog 2.9