Archive for April 2015

Forgiveness and Its Limits

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” In doing a little research for this post I looked at quotes about forgiveness, and that one stood out. It comes from Reinhold Niebuhr, who was a seminary professor and one of the great theologian ethicists of recent history. Usually I hate pithy little quotes like that. It... Read more »

Sometimes We're Absolutely Wrong

There are very few absolutes in life. Almost no one is all good or all bad. There’s right and wrong, but even those are questionable. Shouldn’t there be some word in between those two words? (I guess there is Wright, which combines the two words, but that’s the name of the dudes who invented the... Read more »

8 Sad Songs too Beautiful to Avoid

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><strong>Man of the Hour--Pearl Jam</strong><p>Most people probably don't think of slow, sad songs like this when they think of Pearl Jam. But I've seen them in concert almost twenty times, and this is the only song that has ever made me tear up. It's from the film <em>Big Fish</em> and its sad appreciation for a dying father is incredible.
Do you have tissues by your side? If not, go get some, because you’re going to need them. Now, I don’t want to be a downer or anything, but I like sad songs. Sometimes. I’m not going to ruin a perfectly sunny day by moping around to some artist’s lament about how horrible the world... Read more »

Facebook Needs These New Apps

In case you missed it, my birthday was two days ago. I’m sure you’re real upset that you let it slip by without wishing me Happy Birthday, aren’t you? Don’t feel bad though, I probably don’t know when your birthday is either. But if I do know when your birthday is, I don’t need Facebook... Read more »

I Blew Off Flat Stanley and Became a Dad Failure

I’d like to think that I’m a pretty good dad. My kids don’t hate me. Obviously that’s a low threshold, but we’ve got to start somewhere, right? They’re not jerks (even though sometimes I wish that they would act like jerks), they do what they’re supposed to, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Because... Read more »

Britt McHenry Should be Drawn and Quartered

In case you haven’t seen the story by now, let me recap. Britt McHenry is a sports reporter who works for ESPN and used to work on San Diego Padres broadcasts. She’s attractive in that Fox News white lady/ blonde hair way: quite an eye catcher at first, but look at her for a few... Read more »

When Not to Text

As is often the case, technology is once again more advanced than our capabilities to handle it. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Think back to the difficulties we had figuring out how to program the VCR, or warm up some food in the microwave without scorching our mouth. It takes humans a while to catch... Read more »

My 'No Sweets March' Success

The temptation began on March 1, the first day of my second attempt at a “No Sweets” month. With February’s failure still on my mind, my daughter reminded my wife and me that we’d promised ice cream to her when she went to bed the previous night. She was looking for Dairy Queen. Through some... Read more »

That Time I Met a Girl at a Bar

The challenge this week, as given by ChicagoNow to all of its bloggers, is to write about the most memorable night of our lives. I came up with the challenge at a time when I really had no idea what I would write about. I just thought it would be a cool challenge. For the... Read more »

This Blog is Coming After You

After 139 posts on Dry it in the Water, I am out of ideas. It took me decades just to come up with that many topics to write about, so I don’t have much faith that I’ll be able to continue on my own for much longer. Part of the reason I wrote this blog... Read more »