In the middle of the craziness, I don’t think I yelled it, but I could have. I know I was certainly thinking it: “Run Toto run, run like the wind.” My son needed his car with him in California, so when he was on leave earlier last month, we drove it cross country. The “California... Continue Reading →
A big birthday!
Nittany, our Lhasa Apsa – Bichon Frise, has a big week coming up. The grand dame is turning 14. In doggy years, she’s two years shy of celebrating her 100th birthday. She doesn’t get around like she used to, she walks gingerly up our stairs, she needs the occasional help getting off our couch, but... Continue Reading →
The U.S., Canada, and Australia celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday. I'm so thankful for my mother and mother's everywhere for being the Saints that we all know you are. Thank you for teaching us right from wrong and filling us with love and compassion. Thank you for being there when we need you the most.... Continue Reading →
Five minutes with dad
I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. I wrote about him in Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door, how he made an appearance in a recent dream that I had where I got a chance to get the VIP treatment and visit heaven for a day. I've been thinking about him at other... Continue Reading →
Getting the band back together!
I apologize if I'm a little excited. My wife and I and our three kids will all be home today under the same roof for the first time in nine months. Our son, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, came home last weekend; our daughter came home yesterday for a long weekend; and... Continue Reading →
The best day
A rainy chill has come in the middle of the night. It's not overly cold, but still cold enough and it’s one of those mornings when you run quickly to the bathroom to do your business and then back again to get back under the warm covers. The sheets and comforter on the bed are... Continue Reading →
Where’s the instruction manual?
When you first become a parent, the maternity nurses and staff are saints. They check frequently on your darling new baby; help the mother get comfortable with breast-feeding, if that's your desire; physically check the backseat of your car to make sure that you have the carseat correctly locked in; and even hold your hand... Continue Reading →
A parent’s nightmare
I was starting to get ready for bed two weeks ago when I looked at my phone and saw the news. Two Black Hawk helicopters had crashed around 10 p.m. on March 29 in southwestern Kentucky, killing nine US service members with the 101st Airborne Division. As soon as I saw the news, I knew I... Continue Reading →
A fool’s fool
I’m usually the fool in my family — the challenge with living with four incredibly smart and passionate people — but one year I was determined to change things. My youngest son had been a little flip with my wife and I on submitting an excuse for a school absence. He wasn’t disrespectful, but at... Continue Reading →
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