Eclipse can’t block long arm of the law

The buildup for the eclipse had been building up all summer, and we were more susceptible than most. It had all the elements for an event that we would enjoy: the sun, the moon, staring longingly at the sky. Oh, and some really gnarly sun glasses that I thought were broke because I couldn’t see…

Dog’s Unusual Name Causes Confusion

In honor of my aunt Shirley who passed away last week, I’m re-posting one of my most popular blog posts. I hope you enjoy. Several years ago, my wife, daughter, and I lived in a small town next to a church, where I served as the youth director. One day, we found a beautiful border…

Just a moment

“What two colors make cyan,” I asked. Not your typical question at the dinner table, but my son and I were at Chili’s and were playing Trivia Crack on my phone. “It’s sigh-uhn,” said my son, emphasizing the second syllable. “Yes, that’s right,” I said, missing his point. “What two colors make sigh-ann?” I asked again.…

I Eat 3 Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches a Year . . . Whether I Want To or Not

Bears know when to hibernate, fish know when to shed their skin, and cats know when to use the bathroom in your suitcase (well, mine does). Nature has equipped creatures around the world with an internal clock to know when to do IMPORTANT STUFF. I’m no exception. Nature has given me an invaluable gift – the ability…

Wrestling with Writer’s Block

There was a time when, quite smugly, when I would laugh when I read about or someone told me they were suffering from, writer’s block. I didn’t laugh out loud. Instead, I would have a concerned look on my face and nod gravely, much like a doctor listening to the symptoms of a patient. But…

Learning to Shave

“Dad, I think I need to learn how to shave.” I had known those word were coming in the near future. I had noticed that my son had something growing on his upper lip that was something a little more noticeable than the residue of chocolate milk. Now keep in mind, this is coming from…

The Kool-Aid Kid

My kids love Kool-Aid. Let me rephrase that. I WISH my kids love Kool-Aid. Oh sure, they’ll drink it from time to time. But my kids, being typical kids, want all those bad drinks. Stuff like, water. Or maybe milk. And oftentimes they want a . . . are you ready for this . .…

33 Things as I’ve Learned as a Single Dad

Being a single parent has been quite an adventure most of the time. And always a learning experience. Here are just a few of the things that I’ve learned.   Being calm is better than being upset about 99 percent of the time. There’s almost always time for one game of something. Crock pots come…

Upward and onward

It had to come to an end, but I was far from ready for it to. It was the end of basketball as we know it. Or have known it. It was the end of my son’s time for playing Upward Basketball. If you’re not familiar with it, Upward Basketball is a Christ-centered basketball program…