Pages Navigation Menu

Don't forget to make some memories!

Not for Tot

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

In my young twenties I had a fun task; I was the movie critic for my university newspaper. I was a huge movie buff, so this was a dream job. A job that required I watch all the mainline movies in the theaters had its lows and highs. Just as one strolling through an art museum has the potential of exposure to breath-taking masterpieces, there is also the prospect of being left scratching their head trying to determine how anyone could determine a piece was worth the cost of the picture frame. I recall one such low-brow movie. It was extremely violent with over-the-top tawdry action and it was just plain dumb. The body count was close to a death a minute for all ninety-seven minutes. I knew the genre, based on its rating and trailers but it dwindled...

Read More

The Batting Cage

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

During my college days, my roommate and I took a break from our studies and headed to a local amusement facility. Part of their offerings was a batting cage. I had never been co-ordinated enough to make worthy contact between the bat and a ball, so I wasn’t too keen on entering the cage. After a number of laps in a go-cart, a round of mini-golf, and numerous sessions on some arcade games, my roommate said, “Let’s hit some baseballs.” Kent and I took turns entering the cage. He consistently connected with a satisfying crack. Me? Well, turns out Ben Afflect wasn’t the worst bat-man after all. I was! The machine almost pitched a no-hitter. As much as Kent was enjoying the cool breeze my bat was providing on this warm California evening, he was quick to ask, “Who...

Read More

Calendar Memories

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

A little while back, a student said to me; “Did you know there is a National Paper Airplane Day?” It seemed a little strange, but we verified it. There online, among a list of holidays for May, was the designated label. To my surprise, every day in May has some sort of event or holiday. Some are serious (Memorial Day) and some a little nondescript (May 18th – No Dirty Dishes Day). Some I recognized as having been established over the years.  Although I was in my early teens before I realized folks weren’t saying “sink” and “mayo” on May 5th, that really did confuse me as a child. I didn’t know how to put those two words together. I’m not sure we need a National Wine Day (May 25th). Folks who partake in that beverage likely don’t want...

Read More

Be Strong and Courageous

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) It feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it?  “I can’t keep up – the things these kids are into…” Our children have so many portals of information.  As soon as we think we know the latest news, fad, or phenomenon, another one comes along. How do we help our children navigate through it? We must be educated. Reading books on history, culture, socialization, and so on, will help parents understand current thought. In the past twenty-five years there has been a decline in plainly (without opinion) teaching the basics in schools.   Know what is happening by investigating cultural influencers. Use the Internet to discover what is “hot,” then investigate content. What are the lyrics of...

Read More

The Flower Boxes

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

February is a big month for florists, and some will elevate their prices to take advantage of the captive market. If price determines value, a mid-February rose has more value than that of a May rose. This puts me in remembrance of an object lesson I witnessed as a twenty-year-old, one that I’ve never forgotten. It was (none of your business) years ago and I cannot recall the presenter, so I am unable to give credit. If you know, please tell me and I will attach credit.  For now, I am going to call him, “Martin.” Martin stood at the front of our church and, on some music stands, lined up a number of flower boxes. You may know exactly the type of boxes I am describing; the type in which a dozen roses would be delivered. They were...

Read More

Traditions Matter

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Okay, I realize that Christmas has come and gone—but there are some important lessons we can learn from that season that we can carry throughout the next year. Every year when we strip down our Christmas tree, there are two ornaments that come and will not be placed back on the tree the following year. Their time on the tree was short because it was only placed there a few days earlier—on Christmas Day. It may seem a short life, but the ornaments will live again—because they are part of a Christmas tradition in our family. For much of our married life my wife and I have lived far from the rest of our family, and initially, as a couple, we had few traditions. My family always had Christmas stockings so we did the same.  We always attended a...

Read More
Leaderboard Ad