Category: Family & Friends

  • Giving Birth

    My oldest daughter was born on July 19, 1995, twenty-one years ago today.  I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room for her birth.  Men have only been allowed in delivery rooms since the mid-1970s.  I don’t know anyone who is my fathers’ age who has witnessed the birth of a child. I […]

  • The Worst Financial Move I Ever Made

    I swear that everything in this article is completely true, except for a couple of things that I made up. Years ago, my wife and I used to vacation on tropical beaches.  Our attendants would feed us grapes, and wave palm fronds over us to create breezes.  Then one day, we looked at each other, […]

  • Darwin Park

    There is an expression “the joy is in the journey, not the destination”.  But I think about the destination a lot.  Yogi Berra once said “if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” I recently found a park near where I live. It is a destination. I take […]

  • Omaha Beach

    My wife asked me, “Can you take my Uncle Ricky to lunch?”    Her Uncle Ricky is in his mid-90’s.  We were at the hospital, visiting his wife. “Yes” was the right answer.  I knew that, so I said yes.  But I wasn’t really sure what to talk about.  Ricky (born Phil, but I’ve never heard […]

  • A Letter to Heather, from Darwin

    [Heather is in Oklahoma this week, on a service trip sponsored by Villanova, and Habitat for Humanity.  We were asked to write letters to Heather while she is in Oklahoma.  This is a letter to her, from her dog Darwin.] Dear Heather, This is Darwin.  Your Schnoodle buddy. We need to talk.  I just found […]

  • The Vows We Took

    When Theresa and I decided to get married, we promised each other that we would keep our wedding small.  It was a back-yard affair, and we were paying for it, and we had no money.  Smaller was better. We invited 50 people to a garden party at our home.  That’s it.  No horse-drawn carriages, no fireworks, […]

  • Ten Questions For Darwin

    Dear Darwin, I have a few questions for you. The first is- how do you manage to take up so much of the bed and the sofa?  You weigh 18 pounds.  I weigh 170 pounds, Theresa weighs 100.  How is it possible for you to hog so much of the bed?! You are a bed […]

  • My Legacy

    I just finished watching the movie Boyhood.  It’s a unique movie that follows a boy from first grade through his first year of college, a total span of 12 years.  It’s the only movie that I know of that was filmed for that long. In the movie, the boy has a series of role models.  […]

  • Face Time

    I started using video calling with my family when I travel.  Skype and FaceTime are great options for this.  I have noticed a big difference in impact, between video calls and voice calls.  I feel better after I see my family.    I don’t feel so absent, even though I’m not there with them. —– I […]

  • Fried Dumplings

    I have a Pleasure Center in my brain.  I don’t know what that part of the brain is called, but I know where it is.  It is midpoint between my ears. This isn’t the place where deep thought happens.  This is the Cave Man Center. —– If you want to find out what a stimulates […]