Guest post: Josie, of Family Afloat, on their sailing adventures

I love to travel. And by travel, I mean drive several times a week to Mooresville, N.C. Occasionally exotic locales, too, such as Fredericksburg, Va. The extent of my travel reaches the bounds of club soccer. And I’m okay with that. If I get a dose of wanderlust, well, that’s what Instagram and Hawaii 5-0…

7 days, 7 photos – Day 6

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.” Thanks, Sandra, for the challenge 🙂. Today, I’d like to nominate Jess Witkins, of Jess Witkins’ Happiness Project. The other entries: 7 days, 7 photos – Day 1 7 days, 7 photos – Day 2 7 days, 7…

7 days, 7 photos – Day 3

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.” Thanks, Sandra, for the challenge 🙂. Today, I’d like to nominate April, of Airing My Laundry, One Post at a Time. The other entries: 7 days, 7 photos – Day 1 7 days, 7 photos – Day 2 #…

7 days, 7 photos – Day 1

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.” Thanks, Sandra, for the challenge 🙂. Today, I’d like to nominate Court, from Baking in My Bathing Suit.  

Who we’d go back in time to hug, in 6 words

Behold, the hug. Is anything in the universe as potentially awkward and comforting as the hug? Humans (or many mammals) have the innate ability to express love or like, congratulations or condolences by simply opening their arms and pressing together their bodies. I compile a monthly post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when…

17 Ways I Know I’ve Done Okay as a Dad

You might have come to conclusion I’m kind of proud of my girls. It’s not all about athletic accomplishments, although that’s part of it. Their character emerges all the time, in moments especially when no one else can see. I’m most proud in those moments. Those moments are by no means proof of parenting perfected,…

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…

Our Greatest Adventures, in 6 Words

Who doesn’t love a great adventure? Sometimes, they’re set in the wilderness, or the big city, or even in a galaxy far, far away. Other times, they happen in the tortilla aisle at the local Aldi. No matter. Adventure can find us anywhere, and they leave behind a great story, at least. I compile a…

No More Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

I’ve been hiding a long time. I had to go with that opening line, because I’d promised someone I would. I’m glad, though, because this friend suggested it as we talked about how things are going for me now, and it perfectly tells the story. No, I’m not coming out of the closet. Not that…

Where We’d Take an Alien, in 6 Words

When I was a kid, I wanted to be friends with Elliott. He’s the boy who befriended E.T. in the movie. He just seemed like the kind of kid I would like to hang out with. Looking back, I believe I probably admired his loyalty and courage in all that happened when E.T. came to…

Alphabet Recap, Mindfulness Challenges, and 7 Random Smartphone Photos

Seems as if there’s room for just one challenge in this coach’s bag at a time. Those of you not participating (and probably a percentage who are) probably turned the calendar to May with a touch of gratitude. We’re cultish, we A to Z knuckleheads. We flood your inbox and social media feeds with sorcery…