Fatherhood and the New Pursuit

Has fatherhood changed over the past generation? Do today’s dads have an easier or more difficult role and set of responsibilities than just a couple generations ago? Does the world we are living in now create a backdrop for parenting unlike no other in recent memory? I have been a father for nine years now — about a quarter of my life. My three children (ages 9, 7 and 3) have changed me in so many ways — instilling confidence, expanding... Read More

Remember: It’s Only Temporary

Our youngest child, a boy, is smack-dab in the middle of his Terrible Twos. Over the past month or so, he has come into his own quite nicely in this regard. Why is it that the third child is so unlike the first two? Granted, there are four years in-between he and his sister (our middle child) and time has that unique way of helping you forget life’s day-to-day memories, but my goodness, I NEVER remember the other two being like this. He oscillates... Read More

Life Lessons from One of Parenthood’s Happiest Milestones

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” ~ James E. Starrs “I’m doing it, Daddy! I’M DOING IT!” So cried our six-year-old daughter as she glided across the yard on her bike for the first time this week. Her feet pedaling hard against the mini-mogul bumps in our yard; her laser-like gaze over the handlebars screaming of focus and determination; her smile giving the afternoon sun a run for its money as it shined... Read More

Confessions of a Chronic Over-Doer (And What You Can Take Away From It)

“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” ~ Mother Teresa You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since publishing a post. I don’t think I’ve ever gone as long as this in-between hitting the “publish” button. It’s not out of want; there are always so many things I’d like to write about and share. It’s really been a matter of bandwidth. You see, I’m a chronic... Read More

Accepting the Moment (Or How to Ride Those Waves Like a Pro)

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn These past weeks have been challenging. At times, down right exhausting — both in body and spirit. A new role at work finds me taking on more, spending most days in meetings navigating through politics, egos and an unyielding charge to work minor miracles. Bookend that with a commute that can find me in the car for nearly four hours a day. And at the end of... Read More

What Three Days in the Wilderness Will Teach You About Life

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~ John Muir Last weekend, I joined my brother and a few friends for an extended backpacking trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This northern end of the famed Appalachian Trail... Read More

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