Living our best life

I’m thinking there might just be hope for my wife and I. My son went away for the week with some of his friends to the beach. They played in the sun and enjoyed themselves. He's got two other big trips planned for later in the summer. If you note a touch of jealousy, yes,... Continue Reading →

Agnes the terrible

When I was a kid growing up in rural central Pennsylvania, my parents and other older adults would talk often about Hurricane Agnes. They'd tell stories over coffee at home or the local restaurant about where they were when the rain and wind started and how the flooding grew and grew, turning streets into raging... Continue Reading →

Cry me a river

My breathing was off. I couldn’t get it under control. My running gait seemed off too. The irritation on my foot that had started out as an annoyance was now a raging blister that made a squishing sound every time I stepped. I was running my first marathon. If I was honest with myself though,... Continue Reading →

A different kind of Father’s Day

I won’t see my kids this Father’s Day. My two oldest are in California and Washington, D.C. My youngest has been away at the beach this past week and will be just getting home on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be wiped out from his week away and am not counting on seeing much... Continue Reading →

Grace to fail

I gave a presentation at work recently. It did not go as well as I would have liked. I can tell you everything that I did wrong in the presentation. I talked too fast; I rambled in spots; and I spoke without a lot of emotion or enthusiasm. I get worried about making presentations. I’ve... Continue Reading →

Just suck it up Brian!

I walked into the office about ten years ago and felt a sharp lower pain and nausea. When I saw my reflection in the door, I was surprised at how pale I looked. I pushed the pain away, I had a busy day planned and needed to get a ton of things done. I had been... Continue Reading →

When I’m King of the World: Prince Charles & Me

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this weekend, marking 70 years of service to the British monarch. When she finally passes the torch to Prince Charles, whenever that day comes, he will become the oldest living British monarch to ever take the throne. Charles, 73, has spent his entire life in preparation to wear... Continue Reading →

A family celebration

I sit on our deck, look out to the trees behind our house, and listen to a family of birds chirping in the distance. They seem to be singing a happy song. In my heart and mind anyway, it's a happy song. I’m physically and mentally exhausted, but I can’t think of a better way... Continue Reading →

Thinking about a big move

For much of our working life, when the alarm has gone off in the morning, my wife and I have groaned, may have even hit the snooze button, but we’ve gotten up and out of bed and trekked off to work. Her in one direction, me in another.  There has been much about the pandemic that... Continue Reading →

A solemn day

Today, I’ll be thinking of United States Marine Cpl. Louis Hauge Jr. He was like many young men of his era. Prior to the start of World War II, he left school early to work first at a cannery in his hometown of Ada, Minnesota and then at a shipyard in Tacoma Washington. While serving... Continue Reading →

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