Falling with style into 2017

There’s something I haven’t written about in a while: my life. Not that my life is all that interesting, but I’ve been ‘quiet’ through most of 2016 and haven’t talked or written much about what’s been happening. That’s because there have been major changes that have both kept me busy …

Dads in the limelight

I’ve had a pretty amazing and adventurous life, so far. Still, there are unexpected things that come along that put my time on Earth into perspective and keep me grounded. Of all that I’ve experienced in this life, being a Dad has been the most enlightening and constantly educational of them …

Wrote my first book…literally

This is the first book I’ve written. Literally, I’ll write the first three volumes by hand, because they will go to my teen kids. It’s called ‘The teen survival journal’. The idea is simple. My life experience put into short quotes along with plenty of blank page space to write …

Can you control your kid’s decisions?

We know what’s best for our kids…right? As parents sometimes we try to predict and control the future of our kids. We want them to have better lives than ours and believe we have the answers to get them there. We base our advice and teaching on our individual experiences …

Financial Peace University, is it worth it?

For some, having financial peace ranks up there with having six-pack abs, to the extent that we desire the results, but dread the work involved to get there. That’s my experience anyway. Enter my personal financial advisor, Dave Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey doesn’t know me, but he talks to me all …

Fatherhood and Friendship: walking the tightrope

In my continuing development as a Dad, walking the tightrope of being a father and a good friend has been a challenge for me. What I mean is, there have been situations in my Dad career where my first instinct (not consciously, mind you) is to be a friend and make a …

Fatherhood A to Z; 26 things I’ve learned in 15 years

A = Attention. When they’re young your kid(s) want your attention, especially when you have something important to do or are trying to sleep in on a weekend. Give them all they need, they won’t have that heartfelt desire to please you forever. And if you make them feel like …

What’s your story?

Have you ever considered someone’s story? Sometimes, I see people where they are in life and as much as I know I’m not supposed to judge, to some extent I’m guilty of it. It seems to happen without me thinking about, then I have to draw myself back and ask …

The Broom (and Happy Father’s Day)

I get the pleasure of mowing my lawn once a week, and when I’m finished I sweep the driveway, sidewalk, and the street in front of my house. I’m pretty sure I’m the only guy on my block who doesn’t own a blower to blow all the grass off the …