A Grateful Convert Blog

Gratitude for Groceries

This may sound ridiculous, but one of the most satisfying experiences in my life is shopping for groceries. This morning, I woke up early. Kathi and I had a very nice anniversary yesterday, complete with dinner, a movie, and strolling around Easton Town Center near Columbus. Unfortunately, this morning... [Read more...]

Lives of Caring

It’s been 10 years since 9/11. The day that changed everything, and everyone who watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into buildings. But how have we changed for the better? Consider just one quality: are we more caring for others? As America prepares to remember the fallen, each of us hearkens... [Read more...]

Dan Needs a Job!

This is my friend Dan Lord. No, he’s not in pain, he just needs a job to support his wife and five kids. Fast. Dan was referred to me by my friend Randy Hain at The Integrated Catholic Life, an outstanding website. Randy is a professional recruiter, and knows that part of the job search game is... [Read more...]

Pulchritude in Women

Some of the most beautiful women I know are over 80. An odd confluence of circumstances led me to this conclusion. First, I went to a funeral this weekend. My college roommate’s Dad passed away at the age of 87. Although I only saw him a handful of times over the course of many years, he was a... [Read more...]

The Secret of Successful Teams – Humility

At Home “We’re taking over!” My eight year old son David stood in the kitchen gloating, with arms stretched out in jubilation. For years, he and his younger siblings had played second fiddle to the older kids. They had gone to bed earlier. They had waited for the bathroom. They had eaten fewer... [Read more...]

Remembering 9/11 – on 9/12

Today’s guest post was written by my Dad ten years ago, just 24 hours after the first aircraft struck the World Trade Center. It still resonates, and is presented here in honor of the victims whose lives were lost on that tragic day. Terror versus Care: A message to terrorists I have never seen... [Read more...]

Book Giveaway!

One of the greatest parts of becoming an author is getting to know other authors, and helping to promote their books. Among the authors I am privileged to count among my new friends is Eric Sammons. Eric’s book, Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew is a tremendous... [Read more...]

Got Gratitude?

Sometimes bad news comes thick and fast, to the point of being overwhelming. I have two friends whose fathers are struggling with lung cancer. Another whose marriage is on the rocks. One lost his house to foreclosure recently. On a national scale, we have heard plenty of bad economic news. The weather... [Read more...]

Do You Have the Right Tools?

On Sunday morning, I was feeling pretty good. I would spend some time at Church, signing people up for the financial class Kathi and I will lead this fall. Then a relaxed afternoon, spending time with Kathi and the kids. Wrong. Just as I was on the last leg of my short drive, my phone rang. “Dad?”... [Read more...]

Market Madness

What a roller coaster ride. The market was up today. Or was that yesterday? It was down the day before that. Way down. Tomorrow, who knows? The financial news these days is fraught with anxiety. Upheaval in the markets. Political gridlock. Rancorous debate. Particularly when it comes to money, the uncertainty... [Read more...]

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