Scuba Lessons

Years ago I certified as a scuba diver.  I don’t dive as often as I wish. There aren’t a lot of oceans where I live (in South Dakota) and it costs money to get to places where there are oceans. The final stage of becoming a certified diver is an open water dive, which I…

Wishing Well

We played co-ed volleyball with three other couples and all our children are boys. So naturally our team was named Boys-R-Us. While our families have transitioned and we don’t all live in the same community, we’ve maintained our friendship. It started very innocently. A friend put a metal wishing well on a rummage sale. As…

Reset Values

It’s Eclipse Week and it has been described as a “once in a lifetime” experience for some, especially here in the United States. Certainly, it is an event that comes along rarely and is a day that is marked as a day to remember. I was holding down a button in my car and it…

Rounding the Corner

I was in Nashville for meetings and found a walking trail that surrounded a golf course. A very nice, wide trail that also goes through the woods and crosses a meandering creek. It is a neat path with many bikers, runners, and walkers. The first day I started walking and got to a point where…

Fireflies

If you’ve read my blog you may know I enjoy science. Last week I was sitting on the deck and watching the fireflies. There were a bunch of them out that night and thought I don’t really know much about these creatures. Thanks to National Geographic and Mother Nature Network here’s what I found out.…

Scarier Places

I am traveling quite a bit for my job. In fact, in one year I will have been to Maine, Florida, California, and Alaska. And a bunch of places in-between. So I think I can speak with a bit of authority about scary situations. It’s probably not what you think. Not dark alleys. Not gangs…

Be Decent Today

As a child, I was pretty heavy. I remember tipping the scale at 100 lbs in 4th grade. It led to being made fun of and some name-calling. Know this may surprise someone, but calling them “Fatso” doesn’t help to make them skinnier. We had a Physical Education program called “Go You Chicken Fat Go.”…