Mother’s Day Talk

This is a talk I gave on Mother’s Day last year. On this mother’s day, I thought about what I could share with you that would provide meaning and proper respect for the day. As mother’s day approached, I began to think of the many lessons and skills I’ve learned from women and mother’s in my life, and that’s what I’ve decided to share with you today. Gandhi said, “My imperfections and failures … [Read more...]

To Invent Your Own Life’s Meaning Is Not Easy

From the creator of Calvin & Hobbes comes the best thing you’ll read today. Update: The cartoon was created by Gavin Aung Than using words from Bill Watterson. More details about this work here. … [Read more...]

Finding Home

“Doesn’t this feel just like Seattle?” Those were Kim’s words last night as we stood on our front porch and watch the wind whip leaves down our street. For the first times in months, the temperatures dipped into the high 60’s. And yes, it did feel like Seattle minus the $1000 worth electrical bills we rang up over the past two months. In Seattle, we stayed inside due to rain whereas here we … [Read more...]

The Disease of More

I once knew a man who decided he wanted a dog. So he spent months researching various breeds until he finally decided on one. He then found a breeder and paid $400 cash for the dog. Over the next few weeks he bought food, treats, dishes, collars, leashes, toys, grooming tools and lotions to keep the critters away from the new family member. Of course, he didn’t want his dog reproducing with the … [Read more...]

Since Moving to Utah

A few things that have been on my mind the past month since moving from Washington to Utah. One of the best side benefits of moving is not being able to bring everything that’s accumulated in your home over the years. Sure, I’ve had to replace a few items, but starting with a clean slate is good for the mind. I wasn’t looking forward to the 20+ hour drive in the moving van, but being … [Read more...]

A Week Left

I had a lot of time to slow down and think this past week as I packed box after box in preparation for our move next week. A number of items were still in the same box from our last move over seven years ago. I’m at a loss to explain why I held on to a number of items including a broken VCR and DVD player. I tossed both in the trash and moved on. We arrived in Auburn in 2005. Or I should I say, … [Read more...]

Too Much Of A Good Thing

On Christmas morning I checked my family’s Facebook page expecting to see pictures of decorated trees or excited cousins opening gifts. Or maybe a picture of my mom and dad who hosted a Christmas day party at their home. But that’s not what I found. The only picture that had been posted on Christmas morning was a picture of my sister holding a large assault rifle in her home. I thought the … [Read more...]

Butter Mints

The only time of the year mom bought butter mints was for Thanksgiving. She poured them into a crystal bowl that appeared far more fancy than needed, but no one can blame her since it was be the only day of the year the bowl would be used. When mom placed the bowl full of mints on the table we knew the turkey was almost ready. No matter how early my father arose to start preparing the turkey, we … [Read more...]