“Sorry, I can’t do it tonight. The old ball and chain gets ticked off if I’m out late.” How many times have we heard derogatory comments like this about spouses in the workplace? Even worse, snide remarks can give way to all-out whining: “My husband is such a jerk sometimes” or “My wife completely lost interest in me after we began having... [Read more...]10 Ways for Men to Increase Family-Work Balance
My wife got run off the road today. Some guy was in a big hurry and didn’t like the fact that Kathi had slowed down to merge onto the highway behind a school bus full of children. So he accelerated from behind her car, and drove up beside her, forcing her onto the berm. After almost causing multiple accidents, he weaved his way around further impediments... [Read more...]“Books Change Our Lives”
Matthew Kelly inscribed a book for my son Daniel with the words “Books change lives” a few years back. The hard cover edition of Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star just resurfaced yesterday, and I was again struck by his words. I think he’s right. In my efforts to get up-to-date on book reviews, here... [Read more...]This Lent, Why Not Be More Faithful at Work?
My head was spinning. There I was, again, driving down the highway after a long day’s work. It was after nine o’clock at night, and I couldn’t shake the feeling of hopelessness. No matter how hard I tried, it seemed that I wasn’t spending enough time at work – or at home – to be successful. Of course, it wasn’t just work and home. I had... [Read more...]The Gratitude List – 2011 (Including Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll!)
As a grateful convert, I’d like to offer a short and completely non-exhaustive list of things and people on my gratitude list for the past year, in no particular order: 1. The marital act. That’s right kids, sex between your parents and blessed by God is the way you came into being. It’s a beautiful thing – and cheap imitations... [Read more...]Show Me Eyes!
The tooth fairy in our region is such a slacker. My ten year old son Joseph came to me the other night, sad-eyed and wistful. “My tooth has been under my pillow for a week and a half!” he said mournfully. “Well, I didn’t text the tooth fairy, Joe. You have to let me know.” “Dad, I did.” Oops. No sooner were... [Read more...]The Debt Ripple Effect
The headline jumped out at me: “Fed official says tax code provides incentives to carry debt.” For the past several years, the topic of debt has become increasingly important, for individuals, organizations, even nations. That headline got me thinking… regardless of the incentives, how should Catholics regard debt? It also hit me – we need to... [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 back to our own experience of the event. For... [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 true character. At age 80, he had a number of professional... [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 has caused death and destruction. The political... [Read more...]