8-19-14 | I have a formal job description as husband: it is my professional responsibility to make my wife laugh. It is a duty I take very seriously.
8-12-14 | “Turn the other cheek” isn’t a cover for denying your feelings or wimping out. It’s a smart tactical tool for effective living.
8-5-14 | Our wedding anniversary (#6) is coming in three days. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might know this date has been, well, sort a hit-or-miss thing.
7-29-14 | Outside my study window, our garden is visited constantly by birds. Cardinals, redpolls, finches, doves, grackles, catbirds, downy woodpeckers, flickers, evening grosbeaks, bluebirds, owls, even two big gorgeous hawks. This week, they have become my muse, because they know how to do something that I needed to learn.
7-22-14 | This week a sad thing happened: it was announced that some 12,500 employees are being laid off at Microsoft’s devices unit. What elevated this event from merely a shame to an outrage, and at the same time a sort of uneasily, weirdly hilarious outrage, was the way they found out.
7-15-14 | Apparently I’ve been ambling in and out of Amazon’s “Top 100 Most Popular Self-Help Authors” list for the past nine months. I had not really thought of the stuff I write as “self-help,” exactly. Whenever I thought about the term, it would invariably call to mind the wisdom of Steven Wright.
7-8-14 | When my older son Nick was a toddler, he used to sit in the kitchen and smash trucks. It went like this:
7-1-14 | When you go through something difficult or painful (or both), what’s the story you tell yourself about it?
6-24-14 | I’ve been chopping down trees again. I should be using an ax — but instead, I’m using my head. Ouch.
6-17-14 | My bank account offers a feature, common these days, that lets me set up automatic payments for all my bills. They started offering it ages ago. But month after month, year after year, I somehow never got around to signing up for it.