On the brighter side!

I was reminded once again that life often comes down to your attitude. I flew back to the East Coast two weeks ago after spending a week with my son helping him drive his car to California. When we arrived at the Las Vegas Airport and I had to leave, I was not in the... Continue Reading →

Does the early bird really get the worm?

A few months ago, I pulled into the garage to get the oil changed in my car. The guy behind the counter took my keys and looked at me, “You’re a little early, right.”  Yea, he got me. My meeting had ended earlier than I expected and rather than waiting and getting pulled into another... Continue Reading →

When work leaves you speechless

I went to work last Tuesday and was looking forward to a productive day. I was light on meetings and was excited about getting some things checked off my list. Of course, that’s when the real fun began. For the second time in four years, I got told that I had been laid off. My... Continue Reading →

A bad boss’ impact on mental health

I watched my boss through his plate glass window office. I had already put in a 12-hour day, I was tired and frustrated. I had spent the day working on my piece for the next day’s newspaper and he was making wholesale changes.  I was all for edits, I loved good feedback, but his changes... Continue Reading →

My brother’s keeper

I looked to the left of the gas station and saw the man. I thought he was part of the lawn mowing crew that was cleaning the property. He looked like he might have passed out in the sun. I knocked on the car window to let my wife know, I was thinking that we... Continue Reading →

Learning my lesson

I guess maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Shortly after my wife and I were married, we visited Hawaii. We visited several of the beaches; Diamond Head, the volcanic cone on Oahu; and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. (I can't recommend enough stopping by the national memorial, especially the USS Arizona, it's a... Continue Reading →

Put your pencils down

I racked my brain. I didn’t want to say the wrong thing to my son. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on him, but I also wanted to let him know that I understood the importance of the week and that we had his back. My son is finishing up his first semester... 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 →

Parenting from the sidelines

When my daughter was young, she loved amusement parks. She had no problems getting up before the crack of dawn and going to the park to be first in line and making her way to the scariest rides, where she’d beg my wife and I to ride with her. I love roller coasters too, so... Continue Reading →

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