Healthy Fear: Proverbial Parenting pt. 2

“I won’t go rock-climbing with someone who doesn’t show a proper fear of the inherent risks involved.”  A climbing instructor to me years ago Fear is not a bad thing.  There are forms of fear that are manipulative and controlling and unhealthy.  But fearing heights, snakes, and the power of electricity, for example, could lead […]

Kids You Would Want: Proverbial Parenting pt. 1

SERIES NOTE: This is a recurring series of posts on parenting skills based on biblical Proverbs Solomon is widely respected as ‘one of the wisest’ men to live on Earth, even among some who would not count the Bible fully true.  And much of the Bible book of Proverbs is wise statements from him intended […]

What is ‘next’ for you to keep growing?

I lift weights, often feeling inadequate and weak, struggling to remain motivated at least one day each week, and reveling in the chance to improve my physical health.  Today marks my completion of a 3-month weight-lifting workout plan.  It has been challenging and rewarding.  My thanks to Dr. Jim Stoppani for the ‘Shortcut to Size’ […]

To the readers in 44 nations

Hello there.  I stand amazed that in my humble and inauspicious start as a blogger that people from 44 nations have read one post or another.  My assumption is our shared humanity is in common on both the fronts of growth and of the challenges of life. I have completed the first series of posts: […]

25 Lessons from 25 Years of Marriage, pt 9

SERIES NOTE:  Since one of the most read posts I’ve published was about how Theresa and I stayed married for 25 years so far, here’s a series of 25 lessons I’ve learned in that 25 years!  I’ll be posting twice weekly – Mondays and Wednesdays – with this series.  And Fridays will be something fun/different. […]

The Unmeasurable Losses of Inaction

I have wasted far too much in my life, running after useless trinkets, watching endless hours of moving pictures on a box that mean little to nothing in the scope of a real life lived, and preferring my own comfort over the genuine needs of others. Not only as an American who thoughtlessly uses resources […]

25 Lessons from 25 Years of Marriage, pt 8

SERIES NOTE:  Since one of the most read posts I’ve published was about how Theresa and I stayed married for 25 years so far, here’s a series of 25 lessons I’ve learned in that 25 years!  I’ll be posting twice weekly – Mondays and Wednesdays – with this series.  And Fridays will be something fun/different. […]

Shining Light Into the Shadows: Practically Addressing Depression

Or... Why I haven't posted in a while.

A few years ago I told my wife I was going to move out. There was no issue I had with her or our children or home.  No one was actually ‘at fault’ but my depression had set in so painfully that I couldn’t function fully and I knew I was a ‘drag’ on the […]

25 Lessons from 25 Years of Marriage, pt 7

SERIES NOTE:  Since one of the most read posts I’ve published was about how Theresa and I stayed married for 25 years so far, here’s a series of 25 lessons I’ve learned in that 25 years!  I’ll be posting twice weekly – Mondays and Wednesdays – with this series.  And Fridays will be something fun/different. […]

God’s Grace and Guatemalan Police

or... How fear can be converted into thanksgiving

The picture says a lot, especially to those who were there. Picture the most remote and rural spot you’ve visited.  Now… go a bit further – like hours of driving on horse cart paths in a minivan.  Ok.  Now you approach the river crossing – no bridge!  It’s 3 a.m.  Your team is exhausted.  You […]