Tag: encouragement

Before and After

Not long after my wife died, I started seeing a counselor. It was a good thing, I think. It was something I did off and on over the next few years. I thought most of it was good. And helpful. But there were a few things I didn’t agree with. One thing that always struck…

Saying thank you while signing books

My first book has been an exciting time for me. Both confidence-building and humbling at the same time. It has been a true honor and blessing. I still find myself surprised, and even somewhat shocked, that people even want to read my book, a book that relays some stories over the past year as well…

An unexpected Father’s Day gift

It was 2005. And I was in a place I never thought I would be. I was lying in bed. And lying next to me was my one-year-old son. And he was totally and completely my responsibility. Because I was now a single parent. I never dreamed I would use the words “me” and “single”…

This precious thing we call life

I attended a funeral last week, and I was reminded once again how fleeting life is. Precious and fragile. Like many, I used to think about life as a time line. I was born here.┬áIn the far off distance was the point of my death. But life isn’t a time line. Sure, it is if…

Let’s get busy living in 2014

For about the last 20 years, I’ve never had what I would call a New Year’s resolution. Instead, much like Ben Franklin, I look at areas in my life I want to improve on, and goals I want to work toward. I guess that’s kind of my small town way of saying “New Year’s resolutions.”…