And they lived happily ever after

Two people start dating. They’re happy, they enjoy each other’s company. They introduce each other to their friends and family. Time goes by and it feels right and the guy gets down on one knee and proposes. They walk down the aisle, they say they're I do’s, they drink and dance at the reception. They mix... Continue Reading →

How a creative mind works

When the music teacher came into our third or fourth grade class and gave us small plastic recorders to try out for ourselves to motivate us to think about learning to play an instrument, I yawned. I didn't care much for the tinny sound. I gave the recorder and any other instrument for that matter... 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 →

100 things I love!

I was waiting for my wife to finish up an appointment recently and I watched as dark, gray clouds took over the once bright, sunny sky and a silence fell over the parking lot. A few minutes earlier birds had been chirping and two squirrels seemed to be playing by a tree. Now, you didn't... Continue Reading →

You’ve got mail!

Before the Internet, email, and texting, there used to be a channel of communication called the U.S. Postal Service. Yea, yea, the only things that come in the mail nowadays are junk mail, advertising flyers, and bills, but back in the day, it played a critical role in modern society. For you young 'uns in... 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 →

The luck of the Irish!

Today on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. So, of course, we need a good Irish blessing. There's serious ones, sentimental ones, and even ones that will give you a laugh or two. Take your pick and have a wonderful weekend. Image by Nithin Pa via Pexels. Image by Kelly via Pexels. Image by Amanda Moore... Continue Reading →

Low-down, cheatin’ dirty dog

I felt like I was cheating.  I felt like I should be wearing a large scarlet letter A on my chest for "Adulterer." At the same time, though, I could help but ask myself out loud, "was it really cheating?" Nah, I tried to convince myself as I reached over and gave her another rub.... Continue Reading →

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