Life Lessons from Halloween

All Hallows' Eve is just around the corner, so I’m looking forward to the time-honored traditions of under-performing on my decorations, burning the pumpkin seeds I so desperately want to come out perfect, and stealing candy from my children. Over the years I’ve learned a few important life lessons from Halloween, including: If you’re not … Continue reading Life Lessons from Halloween

Fidelity can blow me. An alternate plan for retirement.

The original title to this post was just ‘Fidelity can blow me’, but when I shared that with my wife she thought I meant relationship fidelity. That lead to quite a long discussion and what can only be called ‘over-sharing’ of feelings before we resolved to add the second sentence for clarity. Mind you, Fidelity … Continue reading Fidelity can blow me. An alternate plan for retirement.

Why don’t I ever get invited to the Swingers’ Club?

While I will admit to wearing a toga at a few parties, around the house on a Saturday, and occasionally while shopping for jellies and chutneys, I acknowledge that I am no Grecian beauty. This was made abundantly clear to me one day while I was standing with a friend on a street and a … Continue reading Why don’t I ever get invited to the Swingers’ Club?

Things I Learned at a Suburban Kid’s Soccer Game

Fall in New England means a few things. Leaves changing color. Pumpkins. Football. The annual ritual of weekend soccer games consuming a significant portion of your day. The equally annual ritual of bitching about how many games you have to cart your ass around to to all the other parents. Bringing a flask to the … Continue reading Things I Learned at a Suburban Kid’s Soccer Game

How United Airlines – and Not God – Taught Me to be Patient

There are few stories that begin with 'so I was at Chicago O'Hare Airport...' that don't end with '....I was so angry I wanted to punch a baby.' But this one is a story of transcendence thanks to the wonderful work of United Airlines. One of my favorite quotes from the movie Evan Almighty, is … Continue reading How United Airlines – and Not God – Taught Me to be Patient

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Happy

It’s amazing to me, as my children (9 and 6) progress through their days of school, that the most important lesson we could teach them appears in none of the classwork, homework or field trips.  We teach math and science, reading and writing.  We couch any subject that might not be immediately usable in the … Continue reading 10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Happy