How I Write: Plant Seeds. Make ’em Think.

I’m an accidental writer. I didn’t get into this business by design. I simply began by writing a collection of letters to my kids one summer when I was dealing with a cancer diagnosis. And then I started listening to the Universe.    The short story is I beat cancer, quit my job, stayed at home to raise my kids…

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My One Word for 2013 is…

Brevity is a good thing. It’s good when you’re listening to a sermon. Or sitting through a school recital. And it’s really good when you’re giving a lecture to your kids. I like brevity. Short. Targeted. To the point. That’s why I was intrigued by a book I recently picked up, My One Word. The book was born from a sermon…

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My Dream Job With the Chicago Fire Soccer Team!

A while back, I attended a Chicago Fire soccer game, compliments of their official sponsor, Quaker. Maybe you saw the video I did from that day. You know – the one where I fessed-up about my lifelong dream job of wanting to be the official T-Shirt tosser at a professional sporting event. Well, guess what? Dreams do come true. At…

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A Colon Cleansing for the House. And Life

My mission to purge all the unnecessary junk in my life continues. Today’s victory can be found in these four plastic boxes.  Life victories aren’t always about receiving. Sometimes, they’re about tossing out. And, if you could look in today’s garbage – piled in my backyard alley – you’d find a small victory. At least for me. Four. Empty. Plastic.…

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Parenting is Like Building a DIY Time Capsule

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the library dedication in North Bend, Nebraska. In typical style, I nixed my speech so I could speak from my heart.  I had a really terrific speech prepared for the keynote I was asked to give at last Saturday’s library dedication in North Bend, Nebraska. Actually, I was quite proud of it.…

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On Being Erma’s Child

  I just returned from the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, which celebrated the genius of this one, incredible woman. My mom was Betty. But this weekend, at an intimate event at the University of Dayton, I was reminded that I am also Erma’s child. Erma Bombeck. And I’m quite certain that’s precisely how the other attendees at the 2012…

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“Hey, Mom – 37 Years Later and You Still Make Me Smile”

My mom, Betty, died 37 years ago today. Though gone a long, long time, the lessons she shared are still a part of my DNA. Take a close look at this picture. That smiling, beautiful woman is my mom. 49-years old. Fooling around as she often did. This time on a rock in Disneyland with my favorite-all-time-Uncle, Jack. The grinning…

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Gasping My Way Through Fatherhood

I’m excited to be on faculty at this years Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. I’m also proud to have been named a finalist in the bi-annual  Erma Bombeck Writing Competition – highlighting some of the best writing around the globe. I hope you enjoy my entry. I’m a world-class gasper. And for that, you can thank my daughter. My inaugural gasp—because…

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Wisdom from the Women: Video

This coming week, I’m honored to be attending the inaugural Dad 2.0 Summit in Austin, Texas. Dad 2.0 is a conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. I’ll be moderating a panel titled “Pack Mentality: Dads and the Power of Community,” and will be joined by an amazing…

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Be Careful What You Ask For

My youngest son turns 16 today. And suddenly, the one thing I’ve long dreamed of is here. And I’m not sure how I feel about it.   Today I bid farewell to all the friends I’ve made over the years in the carpool lane. My youngest son is officially 16. This day is really not about a kid getting his driver’s…

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