Category: Personal

A Tribute to a Friend

I have a close friend of mine that I’ve known for over a decade. We met in college, played a piano duet, sang in choir together and, in probably one of the best “friend” things ever, drove me all the way from Judson University in the suburbs of Chicago to the border of Ohio and... Read more »

A Bird for Mother's Day

There they were, three baby birds barely a few feathers on their tiny bodies, two of them squished by a careless person who hadn’t noticed them upon the concrete and the other having died either from the fall or exposure. I picked up the two squished bodies with haste but paused on the other baby... Read more »

Potty Training: I give up.

Sometimes I really hate raising such strong willed, pig headed child. It’s a damn chore on a daily basis and I’m not even the one who has to deal with it on a daily basis, my saint of a wife does. Me? I’m only responsible during my days off and sometimes at night when my... Read more »
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Change is Overcome by a Good Captain (To my wife)

In six short months our lives will forever change and for more than a year afterward my family will be split and living on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. My children and I remaining here while my wife (the Captain) travels nearly 4,000 miles to pursue a long sought after degree from a prestigious... Read more »

Cosmos: Does Neil DeGrasse Tyson Carry the Torch?

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson debuted on March 9th on Fox and was exactly what I was afraid of. This series, with its visuals, its writing and its host is exactly what I expected from this series. It opened with Carl Sagan’s words, in his own voice, included the dandelion seed and... Read more »

Rethinking Miscarriage

“Such disservice is done to those who miscarry.  The world acts as if it expects the baby will live. Until the baby dies. And then…’the baby’ never was. Replaced instead by such an ugly word: Miscarried.” – Lori, Still Standing Magazine – (http://stillstandingmag.com/2014/02/mother-alone/) I want to be perfectly honest with you. The first time I read... Read more »
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Cosmos: A Disappointing Trailer

A few days ago the newest trailer for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey hit the interwebs and helped to reignite some embers of excitement around this upcoming series. Me? I found it a bit lackluster, a bit dull, and nowhere near as exciting as the previous trailer from six months ago. Oh sure, the music was... Read more »

Men Cry Too

We are currently in the grip of an icy snow storm here in the northern Midwest of the country and I learned something while shoveling the evil white flakes out of my driveway and into my yard. Men cry too, especially after getting smashed in the face by the handle of a snow shovel in... Read more »

Evil Christmas Music - Part 3 of 3

Its that time of year where Christmas music can be heard on  every radio station, during commercial breaks from the TV shows that have a holiday theme, and even wafting down from the MUZAK stations in your local convenience store while you browse for the best deals on a loaf of bread, and during this... Read more »
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Evil Christmas Music - Part 1 of 3

Its that time of year where Christmas music can be heard on  every radio station, during commercial breaks from the TV shows that have a holiday theme, and even wafting down from the MUZAK stations in your local convenience store while you browse for the best deals on a loaf of bread, and during this... Read more »