FaithPulchritude 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...]The Value of a Woman – Part II
Have you ever been really angry, only to have your anger morph into gratitude? It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? When I posted “The Value of a Woman” last week, I was pretty upset about my wife being treated poorly by a “scumbag” salesman. To those who took exception to my description of the salesman,... [Read more...]The Bill Gates of Blurbs
Mike Aquilina is one of my best friends, my daughter Maria’s godfather, and a prolific writer. He is also the Bill Gates of blurbs. Mike provided the original impetus for me to begin writing. When we met many years ago, he was the editor of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocesan newspaper. Later Mike... [Read more...]The Value of a Woman
I have rarely been so angry. Last week, Kathi called me at work. We were in the process of selling a car, and the prospective buyer had asked us to drive it over to her mechanic friend for an inspection. No problem, we thought. Until Kathi arrived at the seedy used car lot where the mechanic friend worked. Out... [Read more...]