Category archives: life

Empty Rooms

So I have this recurring dream. I'm in a house that seems to be a collection of places my various grandparents have lived, but it's always the same house. And in it I feel there's something trying to torment me. Always I'm drawn toward a room that I'm terrified to look into, and when I do it's always dark and hard to make out shapes, but I can immediately tell someone[...]

Early bird

It's about 5:30 in the morning. Still dark outside, and the coffee won't start brewing on it's own until 7. I'm up this early because I have a men's group that meets down the street at 6 on Fridays, where we talk about being dads and husbands, about God, and what's going on in our lives. The reason we meet so early is so that it doesn't take away from time with our fa[...]


So now I'm 35 years old. Did I really just type that? 35. It's a nice looking number in print, I think the 3 and the 5 balance each other nicely. But it sounds so much older than 34. Seniors in high school are half my age now. And I'm old enough to run for President. It sounds a little bit ... old to me. Not old like in a bad way old. But I guess I should say it sound[...]

MLK 2012

MLK 2012
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King moved a nation and changed the world with his vision of universal freedom. Watch the video of his "I Have A Dream" speech here.

It’s Okay to Stare.

Michelle and I watched this story the other day about Meg Zucker, a mother with ectrodactyly, a genetic condition where she only has one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot. She has children with the same condition. Obviously she's overcome a lot in her life and I was really impressed with her perspective on all this. She's saying that if your kids want t[...]

A Letter to Dads.

So I made a list yesterday of all the dads I know ... not my own dad or my friends' dads, but I guess the dads who are "colleagues" of mine – the ones who are within five or ten years of my own age. The first thing that surprised me – besides the fact that I know quite a few more dads than I thought I did – was how many really great dads I know. Dads who are taking th[...]


Does anyone else have one of those awesome high-efficiency-front-loading washer/dryer combos that has the capability to turn every piece of clothing inside out? I'm not even mad, I'm impressed. I'm thinking about pre-turning my shirts inside out when I take them off to be even more efficient.

Claritin Clear.

Sebo has allergies. Crap. A few days ago he had started coughing. It went back and forth between being wet and dry, but over the course of a few days it just seemed to be getting worse, not better. My mom thought it seemed like allergies. No. not possible, he's THREE. This is just a cold that he'll get over, right? Well, yesterday I took him to the pediatrician and sh[...]


So Sebastian has started singing. (Notice how I haven't updated my blog in six months, and I'm acting like that's not the case? Classy, huh?) That's a lie. He has always been a singer. But now that he's learned a lot of words, his singing sounds very different. It's very soft and sweet, with the makings of a real melody. And his songs scatter in sounds from real words[...]