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I’m Not Afraid of Dying—It’s Living That Scares Me

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on April 20, 2017 0 Comments
I’m Not Afraid of Dying—It’s Living That Scares Me

When I was in my teens I had a recurring dream. In it I was lying in a casket, recently deceased. My family and friends were gathered around, crying and mourning. You might think this was a nightmare, or at the very least, a very sad dream. But no, it was actually quite peaceful. I […]

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“This Is the Last Time I’ll Ever…”

Filed in Living by on April 13, 2017 0 Comments
“This Is the Last Time I’ll Ever…”

When you are a baby, everything is a “first.” The first time your mother holds you. The first time you smell the fresh spring air. Your first crawl, and then first steps. Then you become an older child—your first day of school. Then a teenager—your first kiss. And then a young adult—your first job, first […]

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I Almost Made This Classic Parenting Mistake

Filed in Living by on April 6, 2017 0 Comments
I Almost Made This Classic Parenting Mistake

This is one of my favorite pictures of Anderson, because it captures his often playful and mischievous look. He is very “spirited,” as the dog trainers tend to say euphemistically. He seems to be always spoiling for a fight, or at least a good, rough-and-tumble play session, and with my high energy level, he’s met […]

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Do You Realize Just How Far Away the Stars in the Sky Are?

Filed in Living by on March 30, 2017 0 Comments
Do You Realize Just How Far Away the Stars in the Sky Are?

When Elaine and I were home in Tinley Park this past December it was freezing cold, and with a puppy I spent a lot of time standing outside waiting for him to go potty. Apparently Anderson hadn’t gotten the memo that daddy doesn’t like to stand outside in the cold, so he would frolic in […]

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The Devil is Within and Among Us

Filed in Living by on March 16, 2017 0 Comments
The Devil is Within and Among Us

I write a lot about good people and good deeds because I believe that is what we should all focus on and celebrate. However, I think it is also important to realize that evil, and specifically the devil, exists—and we need to beware of him in his many shapes and forms. When you think about […]

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Try Not To Be “Doubly Dumb”

Filed in Living by on March 9, 2017 0 Comments
Try Not To Be “Doubly Dumb”

I think about someone as being “doubly dumb” if they have a problem and are both not sufficiently knowledgeable about it to remedy it, and also are not willing to seek out and consider good advice. They are being “not smart” twice, or “doubly dumb.” Of course, all of us are not knowledgeable in many […]

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But For the Grace of God Go I…

Filed in Living by on February 23, 2017 0 Comments
But For the Grace of God Go I…

There was a time when I was very afraid of flying. I would begin worrying weeks before my trip and feel extremely anxious. What if the plane should crash? Surely all on board will die. I don’t want to die! I also went through a period in my life when I was preoccupied with getting […]

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Don’t View Yourself as Flawed and Weak, But Rather as Persevering

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
Don’t View Yourself as Flawed and Weak, But Rather as Persevering

When I look back on my business career, sometimes I get down on myself. I remember situations that I could have handled better, and been more effective, if I didn’t suffer from such severe anxiety. I remember a meeting I had with the accounting department staff when I was CFO. In this executive position I […]

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What to Look For and Value in Friendships

Filed in Living by on February 9, 2017 2 Comments
What to Look For and Value in Friendships

We all have friends (I hope), but do we choose them wisely? They say we become a lot like the 4 or 5 people we spend the most time around, so if that is true, we should try to have virtuous, nice, and fun friends. Since new friendships are always available, and old friendships can […]

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How to Not Annoy Type A’s With Your Grammar

Filed in Living by on January 26, 2017 2 Comments
How to Not Annoy Type A’s With Your Grammar

We Type A’s are a prickly bunch, so it is quite easy to agitate us with something as seemingly harmless as a common grammar mistake. To not run afoul of one of us, I am providing some grammar tips. These are the mistakes that most annoy me personally: Snuck Although this word has begun to […]

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