FamilyCrazy Busy? Try This…
Last night, I came home from work and my head was spinning. My long to-do list was orbiting in front of my eyes like the rings around the planet Saturn. I was completely absorbed in work-related thoughts all the way home and even through dinner. I am ashamed to admit that I was hoping to get right back... [Read more...]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...]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...]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...]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...]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 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...]Foreign Inspiration
One of the reasons I’m a grateful convert is through the inspiration of others who have responded to the gospel message in wonderful ways. An example is Ann Voskamp, an advocate for Compassion and fellow Canadian. Ann is from a non-denominational tradition, although she believes in the Nicene and... [Read more...]Intro to “Busyness”
I don’t remember much of 1992. At the time, I was a young husband and father. My wife Kathi and I had two young boys, the first born in 1990, the second in 1991. The boys were a source of great joy, and great exhaustion – as any parent with young children will attest. Then, not so many months later,... [Read more...]The JPII Multiplier Effect
Blessed Pope John Paul II is one of the reasons I’m Catholic today. And I’m in good company. In early 1990, my Dad had an opportunity to visit the Vatican and stay for a week. As a hobby, he had developed a computerized Bible that was searchable and could be used for biblical study and research.... [Read more...]