Just The Way We Are

We go to a regional sporting goods store and they have an indoor play area. Our grandkids love the area and want to head there whenever we go to the store. But while they play, they want me to stand in the same spot. When they climb around, they look through the mesh to make…

Little by Little

One of the things I love about Haiti is their proverbs. They have many: A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can’t fool the rain. If work were a good thing, the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago. People talk and don’t act. God acts and doesn’t talk. A little…

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.”…

Naughty or Nice

My son’s neighborhood had a gathering of all the children to meet with Santa. Our son told our granddaughter that she needed to tell Santa that she’d been naughty but that she’d be nice from now until Christmas. Thought this was an interesting statement from the kid who didn’t sleep an entire night until he…

Enjoy a Story, Share a Story

What happens when a child or grandchild does something funny? What happens when a spouse or coworker does something stupid?  What happens when you have terrible travel connections?  We tell a story! We are “hard-wired” for story.  It’s how we make sense of the world, it’s how we explain and understand, and it’s how we…

Technology and How Things Have Changed!

Much of my life happens on my phone.  My calendar, email, contact list, my connections to social media, apps for weather, sports, and many other things held in my hand.  Think of technology and how things have changed. A number of years ago, we took a long family trip with our sons.   My youngest son…

Halloweens

Since this Friday’s post is on Halloween Day, I was thinking about memorable Halloweens. As a kid in a small town in South Dakota, we’d start early and get more candy than a human should consume in a year. I remember one night the bag was so full it ripped and spilled onto the street.  …