“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton ~~~~~ All of my giants have fallen. In the first half of this year, I’ve lost the most towering figures in my life. First, we lost Grandpa Charlie Stangl, and while only my grandpa-in-law, he … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
My source of unconditional love, my go-to person for getting grounded, my Dad, passed away last night surrounded by family. He got in one final, solid nap before the big party in heaven began. Dad taught me many things during our time together, more by his example than by words. Yet there is one thing … Continue reading Anything We Put Our Mind To
Empathy is the best, nay only, way to move about this world full of people. People, right? You can’t live with them…. People can really be annoying. People can really tick us off. People can really be first class jerks. I used to always see the bad in people and get irritated or angry with … Continue reading Life Tip #76
Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48
Get out and experience how the other halves live. Most of us grew up—or currently live—in a community where everybody not only looks pretty much the same, but also falls into the same economic and cultural categories. This is the natural way that neighborhoods and communities are built up, like it or not. I would … Continue reading Life Tip #111
Be kind to our homeless brothers and sisters. I realize that there are many homeless people who scam us, some who make us nervous, and even some who seem ungrateful. But the vast majority of homeless people need our kindness, and they need that as much as our money if the truth be told. Look … Continue reading Life Tip #163
You can’t buy your kid love and happiness. On a morning news program several years ago, on December 26th, there was a news segment entitled “Getting through the Holidays” that had been running for several weeks. On this particular day, the newscaster and a guest were discussing the problem of entertaining your kids during the … Continue reading Life Tip #18
It’s okay to walk away, just be sure to come back. One of the reasons that I think my marriage has lasted 25+ years is that when we get in an argument, we know that it’s okay to walk away mad. The trick is to make sure we come back, and the sooner the better. … Continue reading Life Tip #45
This is not new news, really, but interesting to hear coming from an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who is also the medical director for the Cincinnati Reds, takes parents to task in this article—It's Child Abuse—about the abuse we subject our kids to in the sports world. He insists that "our fascination with winning, getting free … Continue reading Unwitting Child Abuse?
We "intelligent" adults go on and on about how technology is ruining our kids. But are we sure that we aren't a big part of that problem? Could be... Read about a recent study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Parents Who Are Addicted to Their Cell Phones Affect Their Children's Development.
What do Willy Loman, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ivan Ilyich have in common? I’m currently working on my own first book project, and the thought occurred to me that a handful of books I’ve read have significantly shaped my life. I feel lucky to have grown up when schools still made you read some of the … Continue reading The Few Books that Shape my Life
Now, I don't think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn't resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson
Author Unknown There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved … Continue reading Little Teddy Stoddard
"Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible." ~ Leo Tolstoy Probably my favorite book of all time is "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich