A candle in the wind

I’m not much of a follower of the British Royalty. I've barely raised an eyebrow at Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebrations, which started in February, and I can’t tell you much about latest exploits of Prince William and Kate Middleton or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s feud with the rest of the Royal Family.   To... Continue Reading →

Entering Grocery Store Hell

The little kid walked without purpose or direction in front of his dad. He wanted no parts of the trip to the grocery store. However, his dad’s cart had just a few items and looked like they were just getting started. When I ran into them again in the next aisle over though, the young... Continue Reading →

Book smart or street smart?

The car rental representative jumped to the driver’s side and started the SUV and the engine sprang to life. It sounded like a sleek sports car but looked like a mini tank. He reminded us that we could have the bigger car for no extra money, or we could have the smaller SUV two cars... Continue Reading →

Things that I would have thought extravagant

My wife came home tired from a long day. She threw her bag on the floor and laid on the couch. I was tired too, so I joined her. The two of us sprawled out, looked like we had fought a war. With our arms covering our eyes, we focused on our breathing and just... Continue Reading →

English is hard!

A longtime friend recently praised one of my blogs. I was touched by her feedback, but admitted that I often feel like an imposter. I told her that it's hard for me to evaluate my work anymore. There are some things I like, but there are some things I hate. I'm like an actor that... Continue Reading →

What I hate about parenting

I’ve been thinking about life as a parent. When my kids were young, I never minded the late-night bottles or diaper changes. I never minded dropping them off at school or practice. As they got older, I was fine too waiting up for the car to pull in and for them to get home from... Continue Reading →

Walking on clouds

I complained to my mom. I didn’t want to go and now my feet hurt. My elementary class was singing and performing for the residents of a local nursing facility. My mom yelled at me that if I didn’t get a move on, I was going to be late.  I wanted to stay home and... Continue Reading →

Honor and courage

Abraham Lincoln created the Medal of Honor 160 years ago on July 12, 1862, to recognize American soldiers (later sailors, Marines, airmen, guardians, and coast guardsmen) who distinguished themselves with acts of valor. The medal of honor is the government's highest and most prestigious military decoration. The award was created in many respects for men... Continue Reading →

Marriage is not a 50/50 partnership

I got off the video conference and sat on the sofa wiped out. My call went longer than I expected and the day had been a draining one. When I did get up, I walked to the kitchen, looked at the messy sink and overflowing trash can, considered cleaning them up, and then grabbed a... Continue Reading →

The life of a beach bum

When I was a young kid, I hated the beach. We lived faraway from the beach, four to five hours away, but the couple of times that we went, I whined and complained about having to walk in the hot sand. I would be a mess until we reached the shoreline, where I loved digging... Continue Reading →

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