1. The vow!

    Four years ago, when my daughter, Margaret, was accepted to UVa, and decided to attend -  she asked me one day, as the date of her departure approached, "What will happen when I get sick or just miss you and I'm six hours away?".  Clearly,  she had finally realized she would be without my immedia…Read More

  2. Disbelief at the Car Wash

    "Ok, just push that button right there!  There you go, you can do it! Almost there!¨, I said to my daughter.  She looked at me and smiled, then promptly went back to playing with my wife´s sunglasses. I tried to remain rational and calm, but couldn't push away the recurring thoughts of disbelief…Read More

  3. Need an Attitude Adjustment? Try This

    In life, attitude is everything.  It's not about what happens to you, but rather how you respond.  Here is one of my all-time favorite quotes, it speaks to the power of attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts…Read More

  4. Avoid This Big Mistake!

      So many parents make this costly mistake when it comes to aftercare planning for their young adult child.  You get lulled into thinking everything is finally back to normal.  When you go to visit your child they finally seem back to their old selves, and they promise they'll go to see a cou…Read More

  5. Life Hacks For Happiness

    I have recently had the experience of being in church for two quite significant, yet different, occasions.  The first was my son's wedding and the second, my brother-in-law's funeral.  Both events were incredibly meaningful, first due to their emotional engagement, but also because the ministers a…Read More

  6. Stop Stressing About Stress!

    Stress is an inevitable part of life. No matter how hard we try, it is often lurking around every corner. In order to manage stress, anxiety, and life’s demands, we must learn healthy strategies to cope. Millions of people worldwide struggle with all of the complicated feelings that come with worr…Read More

  7. The Craft of Perseverance

    My shoulders ached as I pushed the 18 foot board over my head.  Balancing on top of ladders, my friends and I carefully maneuvered the wood into position 12 feet above the ground.  We were taking the first steps to create the roof of a shed in my backyard. Though I had no personal experience with …Read More

  8. You Hit Your Bottom When You Put Your Shovel Down

    My biggest pet peeve is hearing people say things like "I guess they just haven't hit their bottom yet."  There used to be a kid in my program who always said "You hit your bottom when you put your shovel down." In my mind, bottom means death, and I'd rather not wait for that. This whole 'hit…Read More