Here’s to making 20, something (or, happy birthday, Madison)

I had to wait a day to get my favorite birthday present. That was 20 years ago. Camdyn’s two goals Saturday come in a close second. What kid can score on her dad’s birthday? It’s just Camdyn doing Camdyn things. Hayden’s done it, too. It’s kind of Babe Ruthian to go out and deliver on…

I Believe … XIII

It’s been a while since I’ve done an I Believe post. Not that I don’t still believe, because I do. Some days, it’s easier than others to see it. Every day, though, we carry with us beliefs. Mine pop up in conversation, email, texts, comment responses, court depositions. Kidding on that last one. What do you…

What an Invisible Civilization Would Learn About Us, in 6 Words

I’m the king of the assinine question. “What if Jeeps cost a nickel?” I asked my college friend, Bobby Keith – while we both were still in college. “I’d buy many Jeeps,” he answered. “What if packs of gum were $5,000?” I followed with. “Then I wouldn’t chew any gu – where the hell do you…

Where Are You Going? 10 Questions for Direction

To remain in this moment becomes perhaps the closest we can come to ultimate harmony. It’s tricky. It requires dismissing the past, shunning self-imposed limitations and savoring every ounce of life. Living in the moment also gets a bad rap. That’s what happens when folks jet to Vegas or say yes when they should say no, invoking a…

Guest Post: Mo, of Mocadeaux, on Plethora

This one time, Grace thought she’d become famous. All it took was a parade. We’d talked in church about joining the Pride Parade a few years ago. Grace heard keywords – parade … ride a float … matching T-shirts! She was stoked. So I explained what the Pride Parade meant. She remained stoked. We didn’t…

Here’s Hoping My Girls Have Friends Like This

I have three daughters. I want much for them. Peace, not a pampered path. Purpose, not existence in pretend. Experiences, not empty days when the moon rises and sets without peace, purpose, and experiences. I want to drive them places they want me to take them. I want also for them to venture into places…

Travel Light. Wear Simple Clothes. Just Watch.

Eloquent people seem to travel lots. Or maybe travel breeds eloquence. What do you think? I don’t travel much. Unless you count roundtrip drives to Mooresville, or the trips I’ll take to the mountains for Elise’s games. There’s my annual work trip to someplace tropical every winter. When you travel, you pick up stories, whether…

Finding Common Ground: It’s Only (Big) Steps Away

I’ve been writing in fear, guys. The Photo a Day Challenge helped. I could write about happy faces in frying pans and display sweet pics my kid took of clouds and not tread near to the hell breaking loose around the world. Unintentionally, I dealt with fear of speaking up by looking down. It involved…

Our Requests for Kindness, in 6 Words

We’re in the midst of kindness right now. For humankind, at least. And at least for a week. You might have seen the hashtag #bk2hk on social media. There’s a specific kindness for each of seven days, from courteous driving to sacrifice of personal wants for others to Forgive Your Foe Friday. [Learn all about…