Tag Archives: peace at home

The High Cost of Bad Parenting

I believe that most parents are good parents.  It’s my observation that a majority of our citizens are well-behaved, respectful, and law-abiding.  But I also see a society that devotes an immense amount of energy and resources to deal with … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Weddings and World Peace

My wife, JoAnn, and I started this year on the perfect note – we went to a wedding on New Year’s Eve. Essentially, we doubled down on hope. After all, what is more optimistic than two people sharing their love on … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Thanks in Your Thanksgiving – 10 Simple Ideas

Louis C.K. jokes that airline passengers often complain about slow Internet while sitting in a tube hurtling through the sky at 400 miles per hour. I am often frustrated by bad cell coverage, when 20 years ago I couldn’t call … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sibling Rivalry – Pupdate 3

For a while my days were almost perfect. I could sleep wherever I wanted, wander the house at will and always find food in my bowl. I could daydream for hours while my masters talked or watched that glowing box. … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PUPdate #1

A lot can happen in a week.   Although the puppy has had her share of “accidents,” all in all she’s doing a very good job of being a puppy; chewing on things, fighting imaginary foes, running in circles – all … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Confessions of a Former Spanker

Many important issues are raised by the abuse Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, administered to his son.  Although there is absolutely NO justification for Peterson’s behavior, and he has been arrested on a felony charge, there are other, somewhat … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harmony at Home

Imagine a group of musicians each playing a different song, in a different key at a different tempo. It would be chaos – and it would sound terrible. Now imagine a family like that. If you’ve ever played, sung, or … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Tolerance

When we were newlyweds ourselves, JoAnn and I were often successful matchmakers. We had one friend in particular – a talented, smart, and handsome co-worker of mine named Phil — who was very eligible and very single.  I was pretty … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parenting – The Shared Adventure

What happens when two strong individuals come together to raise a child?  Are they able to surrender control?  How do they deal with sharing tasks?  Who gets to be right and who gets to be wrong?  How can they make positive communication a … Continue reading

Posted in Book Excerpt | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Parents = Happy Kids

I wrote “Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around” because, after 36 years of marriage and 4 children, I believe that being good parents requires us to set a good example – and having a good relationship is … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments