Some Mountain State love

We had barely pulled into Morgantown for a visit with our son, a freshman at West Virginia University, when he had asked us to make a Target run. When we got back to his dorm, he pulled the shopping bags out of our SUV like they were coming off an assembly line, handing them out... Continue Reading →

Love you forever

When our kids were young, we used to read them the book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. The mother in the story holds her new baby and slowly rocks him back and forth, singing: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you for always, as long as I’m living my... Continue Reading →

Can I get a do-over?

I found my day.  There it was on my screen. I refreshed the website to make sure I was reading it correctly. I looked again. Yup, I read it right the first time, National Mulligan Day is observed this upcoming Monday (October 17). Who thinks of these days? In any event, a mulligan in golf... Continue Reading →

Recapturing the magic in my head

As writer, you work hard to take the reader on a journey, to think and to touch them in ways they'd never imagine. You spend a tremendous amount of time alone in your thoughts, thinking about what you want to say, and then when you have it, you spend the rest of your time figuring... Continue Reading →

Fairy tale endings

Actor and director John Krasinski rose to fame playing Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office, but he came close to never making it to Hollywood. Krasinski moved to New York after college to seek out his big break. He had been there two years and was ready to give up on his dream.... Continue Reading →

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 →

Making the most of every second!

My wife and I have seen the same horrible pattern lately. We went out to dinner the other night and got some bad news about some distant friends. It keeps cropping up in the lives of friends, family members, and acquaintances.  It goes like this: A couple spends a lifetime working to build a family... Continue Reading →

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