Archive for the 'Concepts' Category

The Penalty Box and Redemption

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Several recent events got me thinking about being put into the Penalty Box in life for things which we do or which have occurred, as well as getting out of that Penalty Box once we’re there. Our oldest, Jordan, a rising sophomore at Boston College, is on a mission to see as many of the [...]

Good Doesn’t Necessarily Win

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Good doesn’t necessarily win — not all the time — but it does mean you never have to look over your shoulder. After all, we have all experienced that God has a sense of humor and lots of compassion. What we don’t always recognize is that He also has a very long and exquisitely precise [...]

New Year’s Eve 2013 — A Reflection

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

So it’s New Year’s Eve, 2013. We had a number of neighborhood friends and relatives visiting us. They are running in and out, as is appropriate . . . and welcome! I was, for a while, in the corner esconced in the dark, thoroughly enjoying the moment and watching them running back and forth. The [...]

The Eyes of God See Ava Too

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

I was all set to bolt – but it happened yet again: the eyes of God were bearing down on me. Once again, as manifests all too often, I recognized that the issue is never whether I can get away with it, but whether I could get away with it, escaping those ever-present piercing eyes. In [...]

Nothing Matters Until a 50-Year Earthquake Hits

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It’s only when aspects of any nature are extended through to their logical extremes that their flaws surface. When bandied about, rumpled or jostled ever so slightly, we tend to do just fine. But, when stretched or stressed — especially over longer periods of time — our dispositions open up ugly sores which only then [...]

A Moment of Dancing to the Music of Time

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I had a moment several nights ago. It was in my dreams. And it was extraordinarily vivid. Janet and I were there, roller skating, joined on some type of large sidewalk that almost looked like an enclosed ice skating rink as the people we knew and have interacted with pretty much during our entire adult [...]

Communication In the Sunshine: Fourth Grader Style

Monday, June 17th, 2013

My fourth grader confronted me a few weeks ago. She confronted me by saying that because her window, slightly cracked open, gives her the opportunity to overhear Janet and me talking on the front porch, she knows that I don’t always say “nice things” about her. I thought about that for a second and I [...]

Breaking Free From the European Economic Union

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty tired of the EU. Candidly, as an active options trader for my own account as well as those of others and family members, I am tired of having to think about the performance of companies, like Apple, Caterpillar, or Cisco, as well as the general macro [...]

What I Learned About Business From Reviewing Old Maps

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

It’s a fair statement to say that I’m probably weird when it comes to ancient history. I don’t start history at World War II, with the Civil War, or even with the Renaissance. I don’t even really start at the Bronze Age. If the truth be told, I actually start from there and go back to the [...]

A Darwinian Moment of Reflection on Our Future

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Charles Darwin created a theory of the development of species and natural selection without any clear comprehension of genetics. That notwithstanding, he got it ostensibly correct. He had no idea that genetic codes were as unambiguous as they are turning out to be, but he nevertheless realized that there was a powerful force, functioning in [...]