Baby Steps to Effortless Joy

This is a shot of my oldest boy at a birthday party about 13 years ago. It was taken in the backyard of our first home. It was a small cottage just big enough for our then average size family. We were young. I had a good job. Our children were mostly healthy and we had nothing much to worry Read More Here…

Blazing Red Maple

One of the things I miss most about our old home is this ridiculously large and vibrantly colored Japanese Maple tree. Oh, and the swing that hung from its branches. So many memories were made around this tree. It was a gift to our family for so many years. I’m glad the swing now hangs in our living room in Read More Here…

Moving Day: Part 2

This story is a reverse perspective follow-up from Moving Day Part 1. Read Part 1 Here. I looked in the rear-view mirror and saw him peering out the window as everything he knew grew smaller with each passing street lamp. That was six hours ago. I wonder if he’s seeing what lies ahead. It’s been a quiet ride. Every twenty Read More Here…

Moving Day: Part 1

Note: I started a week-long writing workshop today that required a writing exercise. And I tried to sort through the transition struggles of my 11-year-old. Here’s what happened. I turned back for a final look as everything I knew grew smaller with each passing streetlamp. That was six hours ago. I still can’t seem to see what lies ahead. They Read More Here…

5 Parenting Tips for Boys

Parenting tips can come from all kinds of sources. Here is some advice for raising boys I gleaned from a teenager in a cargo van!

Driven to Produce. Fuel or Fire?

I feel less of a man when I am failing to produce results. And today, I feel less of a man! Motivated… Driven… Passionate… Eager… Fervent… I could go on. Those are words that describe the value of a man in America. The Industrial Age has embedded in us the value of “Get ‘er Done”. The results I “should” be Read More Here…