Haymakers & Black Eyes

The other day I walked down to the school to pick up my kids. Jenna normally does this but occasionally, South Orange County traffic makes it inevitable I will get the privilege to walk my kids home from school from time-to-time. As I was standing at the crosswalk, I was rather entertained as two 8-year-old … Continue reading Haymakers & Black Eyes

Eye of the Tiger

This week I picked up my copy of Finish by Jon Acuff. Making that even better—I was able to meet Jon when he was in Irvine, CA, at his book signing. It wasn't until after I started reading his book that I realized he single-handedly saved the Rocky movie franchise! How? I'm glad you asked. … Continue reading Eye of the Tiger

Fool’s Gold

As Florida is left in the wake of Hurricane Irma today, I find the chatter on social media to be fairly predictable after catastrophic storms like Irma and Harvey. What is crazy to me is the hatred and venom that comes out of people when events like this happen. Take Katrina for instance. I remember … Continue reading Fool’s Gold

The Fixer

Shortly after Desert Storm and I returned to Germany, I was transferred to a new company for the last six months of my military commitment. When I got to the company, I couldn't believe the racial division that was going on in the unit. I remember thinking, "This is 1992! Shouldn’t we be past all … Continue reading The Fixer

Time Flies

Not that long ago, I was making lunch for my younger kids as they started (for what had to have been the 1 millionth time) the animated movie Toy Story 3. If you are familiar with the movie, the very beginning can be very emotional for parents. Like I said, I've been forced to watch … Continue reading Time Flies

Unwanted

The air was crisp but the sun shone bright in the Northwest Indiana sky. Christmas Eve would normally signal a time of excitement for a 13-year old, especially for me because my 14th birthday would be in three days. However, Christmas lost its magic and luster over the years and this was about to be, … Continue reading Unwanted

Rolling With The Punches

May I impart just a little bit of life wisdom to you? Don't sleep with poisonous snakes! You may think this is a no-brainer, but apparently, it isn't. Who would do such a thing you ask? Well, you're looking at him… err… reading him?! I slept with a poisonous snake in my sleeping bag! This … Continue reading Rolling With The Punches

My Ugly Yellow Jacket

When I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money. It wasn't that we lived in an exceptionally nice area or anything, but the things I was forced to wear to school were clearly outside the range of acceptable fashion no matter where I would have lived—especially in the early 80s. Having to … Continue reading My Ugly Yellow Jacket

Rake Handles Hurt

I have determined I do not like getting hit in the face with a rake handle. I don’t know what your take on it is, but I can unequivocally say it is not my favorite thing in the world. However, when you have a younger brother like mine, who eggs you on until you chase … Continue reading Rake Handles Hurt

I Don’t Want to Die Today

“I DON'T WANT TO DIE TODAY!!!" was the cry coming from the backseat. My youngest brother, Eric, has always had a way of expressing his feelings. Not that I ever helped him develop this in any way. We lived in a little town called Broken Bow, Nebraska, and were taking my middle brother, Mike, to … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Die Today