Ya gotta laugh!

My laugh is loud. It can be really loud.  My wife likes to tease me on how loud my laugh can get. She once claimed that it starts out as a giggle and builds to a volcanic eruption. I'm not sure I completely agree, but there's no denying that it’s what some might call a... Continue Reading →

The trip to the ER

I carried our young daughter into the emergency room. I had one arm holding her back and another underneath her legs, cradling her in my arms. My wife followed closely by my side. The nurse at the front desk took one look at the three of us from behind her monitor and pointed to a... Continue Reading →

In need of a laugh!

We all have them. Those days when you’re boiling over with stress and tension. Some days you just need to laugh, to keep from yourself from crying. Another writer described it this way, “some days you just have to create your own sunshine.” Here’s me creating my own sunshine:  --“When someone is mean to me,... Continue Reading →

Rejected!

I toss and turn in bed and my mind spins in a thousand different directions. I mentally check off a lengthy list of everything that I would have done differently: I would have focused on my specific contributions, citing specific stats, and how I was able to help my team achieve our ambitious goals. When... Continue Reading →

Change the world

I was struck recently by the confusion of the world we live. One day you keep your head down and go to work or celebrate family night, the next, you go to the doctor for a nagging cough as one of my friends did recently and come back with some unsettling news.   When I get... Continue Reading →

Fighting back against should and must!

I have projects that I should be finishing. I have calls and emails I should be returning. I have several large deadlines approaching. I see the large group of sharks starting to circle me. I should be swimming to the shore as fast as I can. It's not just work. I have chores at home... Continue Reading →

An uncomfortable discussion

I cringed in my seat. I was annoyed. The speaker was supposed to be talking about college admissions and how to help your son or daughter pick a major. Instead, he was going down a completely different path, talking about how he as a white guy has received certain advantages that his female or non-white... Continue Reading →

Who do you want to be?

I usually have five or six columns that I’m working on and ready to publish. I find that’s the best way to keep the creative juices flowing and to keep to a regular publishing schedule. Once in awhile, I struggle to find something that flows and that’s just the way it goes.  I haven’t had... Continue Reading →

You’re needed in the ICU stat: A hospital visit from an 11-year-old’s perspective

The nurse in the Intensive Care Unit looked down at her clipboard and then back up at my mother. She explained that my father had been in-and-out of conscious much of the day and his condition remained unchanged. His blood pressure and heart rate were improving, but not out of the woods. She encouraged my... Continue Reading →

Best laid plans

My plan was a good one. A really good one.  My wife was going to be out of town for the night with our son looking at colleges, I would have the night all to myself. As soon as I finished up my last meeting for the day, I would get a quick shower, call... Continue Reading →

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