Today is a very special day I circled on my calendar a lifetime ago…a day I once feared I might never see. Today is my 10-year anniversary of quitting smoking. Yes, yes – accolades and congratulations…but seriously…I was a smoker? That seems so odd to me now. I wasn’t a casual smoker either, I smoked […]Read more "10 Years Ago Today, I Saved My Life."
The day started this morning very much like how it started 4 years ago: I rolled over in bed to find my youngest son Dodge curled up asleep on my wife’s chest. Today is his birthday and he still smells new. The day Dodge was born I swaddled him up, took him to Kate, and […]Read more "My Youngest Turns 4"
I often describe parenthood as a series of lifelong events that test your patience mixed in with unconditional love. Inevitably, kids go through phases that drive you to the brink…and just when you feel you can’t take that phase any longer, poof! It ends. And the next phase begins. Cluster feeding, not sleeping through the […]Read more "Getting A Kindergartner To Vocalize Emotions"
Almost 40 years ago, my parents moved to Wichita, KS when my father accepted a marketing position at the corporate headquarters of Pizza Hut. I was born soon after and the rest, they say, is history. The story of my father’s rise to pizza and rent-to-own infamy is well documented…but this story isn’t about him. […]Read more "Retirement: So Long Honorary Mom"
I’ll never forget the time my son Max watched with disappointment as I cautiously climbed into the shower. He sat there and stared at me…waiting. “What’s up buddy?” I asked. He replied, “When you gonna start jumping?” I looked at him in confusion then remembered I had said I was going to “jump in the […]Read more "Kids Comprehension Of Puns & Play On Words"