The Cook’s Downfall: When You Lose What You Love

We believe Amazon delivers happiness. We are happy when we get what we want. Many times, we need something more. This is the story of a cook who lost his more than his place. My mother subscribed to the idea that if truckers stopped at a restaurant, it is good food. So for a lot of my childhood, we surveyed the highway [...]

By |2020-01-11T12:51:59+00:00January 11th, 2020|Life Observations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is It Christmas Again? Seeing Christmas Through a Child’s Eye

Adults groan at the first hint of Christmas. A few years ago, donned in shorts and a t-shirt to beat the Memorial Day heat, we walked into Hobby Lobby. They were putting up Christmas. “There oughta be a law,” I muttered. Christmas comes much too soon for most credit cards and bank accounts to handle. Invitations for competing events arrive in email [...]

By |2019-12-14T17:47:43+00:00December 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Day You Never Forget: Review of Fall and Rise:

Those old enough can complete the sentence "I remember where I was when__________ happened? Those of the "Greatest Generation" relive Pearl Harbor in their minds. Baby Boomers relate to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The memory knows without explanation . December 7, 1941. November 22, 1963. Here's one. September 11, 2001. Not even close. Almost anyone over the age of 25 [...]

By |2019-07-24T01:34:33+00:00July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moving On: 3 Roads to Positive Grieving

Tinsel drapes the holiday season and leaves it in aglow in light. Some people don’t have that feeling. I write this post out of a kinship with those who encounter loss because I have had mine. I have busied myself with putting up a tree, laying out lights in the yard, and putting up an inflatable Mickey Mouse to thrill my grandchildren. [...]

By |2018-12-14T14:22:22+00:00December 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Bright Lines: A Simple Way to Keep Your Life In the Road

I live in Dallas, TX where there are two passions—The Dallas Cowboys and road construction. I cannot travel 2 miles without coming across safety cones. (I wish I had invested in that industry three years ago!). One nagging issue I face is the absence of lines in the road. Lanes bob and weave, merge, disappear, or shift, all with no white stripe [...]

Going Back to Childhood to Find Joy: Three Avenues to Happiness

Some things you read hit you right between the eyes. One such piece was Eric Barker’s recent blog post on how to be happy in a crazy world. In a furrowed-brow world, everyone is looking for the magic elixir of joy. We all have it; we don’t know it.  For those who are not regular readers of Barker’s, he takes the research [...]

By |2018-04-27T21:14:50+00:00April 27th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Two Lessons of Four Teachers

Everyone has had two kinds of teachers. Some you never remember. Then, there are those you never forget. Everyone has a list of the second. (It is usually a short list.) What makes the difference between the two? We assume we know what teaching is. While I have my share of teachers, my mother taught, and my two daughters teach. We assume [...]

By |2018-04-20T19:55:50+00:00April 20th, 2018|Reflections, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Carpenter’s Tale

I am a simple carpenter. No one would believe my story. I wouldn’t believe it had I not lived it. My father Jacob was a carpenter who trained me to be a carpenter. As a boy, he would tell me the family stories. My favorite was a shepherd who became a king. He said we were related to a famous king. We [...]

By |2017-12-19T02:56:36+00:00December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blue is a Different Christmas Color: Three Ways to Approach Sadness at Christmas

  Christmas colors are red and green. Tinsel shimmers. Lights twinkle. Hearts soar. Sometimes, life paints Christmas a different color. There’s no Pantone color number, but the best way to describe it is Melancholy Blue.   I enjoy Christmas but also the holiday season carries a little different hue for me today. Both of my parents died around Christmas. My mother died [...]

By |2017-12-15T14:31:30+00:00December 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Before Christmas: Making Giving Better

On the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Cookies album is a song called Ordinary Days. It’s not a traditional Christmas song.   In it, the writers Steve Bogard and Rick Giles captured more than holly, snow, and nativity scenes. They put a tear in the eyes of Christmas.   The song speaks to what you should give for Christmas. None are from big [...]

By |2017-11-21T01:33:52+00:00November 21st, 2017|Life Observations, Reflections, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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