Be The Gatekeeper

You are the gatekeeper of your mind.Said Someone...maybe the Buddha There is so much going on in this world. A pandemic, civil unrest, and an overall lack of leadership. Our collective stress level is through the roof. If you want to really bring your blood pressure up, just click on any of the social media … Continue reading Be The Gatekeeper

The Great Change

Change Happens. Change can be difficult. We all experience it. Life and circumstances happen. Much of it we cannot control. As children, we could not prevent our parents from divorcing. We could not understand why our friends from elementary school stopped wanting to hang out with us when we reached junior high. These changes in … Continue reading The Great Change

Grounding While Grounded

Life has changed. This Pandemic has limited our freedom to move about town, see friends and family, and go out to eat. Other than work, at least for those of us fortunate enough to be an "essential business", we are told to stay home. It feels so much like the punishment we received as children … Continue reading Grounding While Grounded

The Great Hunt for The Now

My middle child has taken to the wonderful world of hunting.  He is also a soccer and basketball player, and those activities share the season with hunting.  So, along with the many other family adventures and obligations, our schedule does not allow for much quality hunting time.  A few weekends ago, I took him on … Continue reading The Great Hunt for The Now

The Language of Silence

"Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation." - Father Thomas Keating. Throughout my life, I have spent a lot of time in nature.  As a young boy, I would play in the woods and creek behind our neighborhood.  When I was a teenager, I worked on my grandfather's farms.  In college...well, … Continue reading The Language of Silence

Kindness Matters

Our family tries to have dinner together every night.  This is our time together, without the distraction of television, video games, or phones.  We tell each other about our days, what we have coming up, and pick on their mother. It is sometimes difficult to extract information from them.  I had been asking the same … Continue reading Kindness Matters

In Re: Each Other

When my youngest son is upstairs in our house, he wants someone up there with him. This is especially so when he is showering. The other day, I was on upstairs watch while he was in the shower. To pass the time, I was sitting on the bed and scrolling through Twitter. Up to that … Continue reading In Re: Each Other

Being There

Children need their parents to be Present.  Whether they recognize it or not, children desire out Presence.  As infants, they cry out to us when they are hungry or want to be held.  When they are young, they seek our protection when they hear a bump in the night.  Our children look to us for … Continue reading Being There

The Journal

Today is my wife's birthday.  I am grateful that she agreed to marry me.  I am grateful that she is a wonderful mother to our three boys.  I am grateful that she has stuck with me during the bad times.  I am truly grateful for her love. Even though it is a day for her … Continue reading The Journal

Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation