The Power of Goodbye

A sequel to my previous post “The Power of Hello.“ I was sixteen when I watched my mom die. I remember sitting in the uncomfortable hospital chair by her bed (where do they get those things?), surrounded by beeping machinery, tubing, and cold.  Her frail body lay haphazardly on the bed, bandana slipping off her … [Read more…]

Caffeine Made Me Crazy

While reports continue to roll in on the rise of anxiety disorders in our nation, I personally continue to be a firm believer that the rise of caffeine and energy drinks is closely related.  Starbucks, Red Bull, 5 Hour Energy, Monster, and a myriad of other energy drinks are slammed into every supermarket, gas station, … [Read more…]

The Power Of Hello

I look back over the course of my career and I notice that there are really only a handful of managers that I remember fondly and would consider them to be a “good boss.” Sometimes it’s difficult to identify what makes them stand out as a successful leader so I took some time to ponder … [Read more…]

How Do You Like Your Banana?

I probably have a slight OCD tendency when it comes to bananas.  They have to be just right before I eat them, or I’m grossed out.  I call it getting in the Banana Zone. The banana has to be not-too-green or it tastes like hard grass.  But if it’s even really started having any brown spots … [Read more…]

Learning to Kneel

Prayer Journal

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s normal to reflect on the past year…see the blunders, celebrate the successes, and evaluate how to do better next year.  There’s something usually exciting about a new beginning as it is a blank slate, a new sheet of paper with a sharp pencil on top…waiting to be written. … [Read more…]

SI Joint Dysfunction – A Few Screws Loose

People who suffer from SI (sacroiliac) joint dysfunction know that it can be a real pain in the butt. Literally. I like to tell people my son ruined my pelvis.  I know it sounds terrible, but it’s really not far from the truth.  The pain in my lower right back/buttock started when I was about … [Read more…]

I Interviewed Naked

Inspired by Shelley Brown’s “Naked” and Sarah Elkins‘ post “Exposed”. “You’re not good enough.” “You might as well go home now, they’ll never hire you.” “You suck.” When I hear those thoughts in my head, I know I’m about to win big. I remember the day well.  My 2008 red Volkswagen Jetta was parked in the … [Read more…]

Stop To Smell The Poo

Toddlers.  Never thought I would have one of my own and never thought one could teach me so much about adulthood.  I have a 15-month-old son who has just learned to walk in the past couple of months.  He is in that not-a-baby-anymore-but-not-quite-a-little-boy stage, which is incredibly adorable.  It can also be frustrating when every pot, … [Read more…]