For my daughter – the road taken

With the new college semester about to start, I know you’re trying to make a decision about what career path you should take. I’m sure you feel that whatever major you decide on, you’re not quite sure if it’s the direction you should go. If another major might give you more opportunities, or bring you…

Meeting Batman

Not everyone has the chance to meet their childhood hero. But I got to do just that a few years ago when I met Batman. Growing up, I loved comic books. And at only 20 to 25 cents a copy, how could you go wrong. Superman, Green Lantern, Flash – it didn’t matter. I read…

Bad Movies. Good Times.

Most parents instruct their kids in skills and activities that can help them throughout their life. Art. Drama. Academic programs. Sports programs and exercise. You know, stuff a person could actually use throughout their lives. So what am I teaching my kids? Well, you’ll be happy to know I’m teaching my kids how to appreciate…

The fifth First

The first day of school. There’s really nothing quite like it. And for the first time in a long time here in Arkansas, the cooler weather this summer actually, today actually felt like the beginning of a school rather than a survival training day in the desert. For my son, this was his fifth time…

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…

Death by Weather Channel

In a household with a nine-year old, you might think our favorite channel would be something like Nickelodeon. Or maybe Cartoon Network or PBS. Nope. Most of the time our television is tuned to . . . the Weather Channel. My son is – how can I say this nicely – very interested in the…

My son – aspiring mind or mad scientist?

There’s something you should know. My kids are smarter than me. It’s a tough reality to wake up and face. But I have to face it every day. My college-age daughter sits around answering almost every question on Jeopardy (Now named to the cabinet, Steven Chu won a Nobel for capturing atoms with these light…

Hawaii delayed for rummage through the trash

During the year my wife was sick, it seemed like our entire life was in chaos. It seemed that almost every day brought some new crisis. But there were a few happy memories from that time. One in particular stands out – our trip to Hawaii. Tracie wanted to visit Hawaii. But it seemed impossible .…

Join my Fantasy Household Cleaning league

Some people play fantasy football or baseball. They have entire leagues and tournaments they take part in. Not me, though. Instead, I do fantasy housework. I find that housework is a lot easier and less stressful if I don’t actually do it. I have the cleanest house on the block – in my mind! You’ll…

Why Andy Griffith continues to be a TV favorite

Last Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the death of Andy Griffith. As for many, including myself, the Andy Griffith show continues to be a favorite. I remember watching this show a lot in reruns while I was growing up. And even now, I never get tired of watching it. I think there are…