Watching Him Walk Away

A few years ago I listened to a story on NPR about the concept of a “right of passage.” The commentator said that often in this culture we miss the true rights of passage – the meaningful ones – and instead celebrate strange holidays and events. Today I witnessed what may prove to be one…

Magic Drinks

ROCHESTER, September 26 — Eastman Kodak Company today announced its intent to stop making and selling slide projectors by June 2004. “The Kodak slide projector has been a hallmark for quality and ubiquity, used for decades to produce the best in audio visual shows throughout the world,” the company said. “However, in recent years, slide…

Day 31: Going Easy on Time and Trick-or-Treaters

I’m posting a little late today because Halloween festivities have lasted a week at my house and have gotten a little away from me.  But on this culmination of creatures, costumes, and candy, I found myself in the middle of a definite change in thinking.  A little lesson from the blogosphere.  I was literally thinking…

Day 25: Lessons in Sex Education from My Kids

A while back my son got the whole “ birds and bees talk” from his dad – up to the point at which my son said, “Dad okay stop I don’t want to know anymore!”  And since that time, he has had no issues identifying this behavior reflected throughout nature. So it didn’t surprise me…

Day 23: Learning Dollars and Sense

For a little over 5 years, I spent some time in the Financial Services Industry. Throughout that time, I sat across the kitchen table and the desk in my office from many families, couples, parents, and business owners alike going over their financial situation and assisting them in putting together a plan for their financial…

Day 19: Grace and Parenting

Grace used to be tough concept for me to wrap my mind around.  I’m not talking about the smooth, coordinated movement kind of grace; I’m talking about the special favor, exemption variety. After all, we don’t live in a graceful world.  We live in a get-ahead-at-all-costs, don’t-get-mad-get-even world.  In fact, I think that I could…

Day 6: Lessons in Love

I have a cousin who is my same age, Danielle. She is beautiful. She is a smart-ass. She is hilarious to be around. She never misses an opportunity to tell you what is on her mind. Never. Danielle loves to dance, cook, and be surrounded by family and friends at every opportunity. She uses the…

Day 2: Lessons in Perseverance

I love Wrestling. I’m talking about the real sport of Wrestling, not that WWE crap for entertainment. I’m talking about one man versus another in a grappling for dominance over the other. It’s primal, it’s archaic, and I love it. There’s something about the sport that has always appealed to me. The main reason I…