What are you excited about today? What bounced you out of bed this morning? Was it one of the kids? Ours used to bounce us out of bed Christmas morning at 4 am. I’d say, “Hey! Go back to bed. It’s October.” We can all use an injection of enthusiasm now and then. So, I…

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While I was writing the book, To Be Perfectly Honest, a daily diary of me trying to live without a lie, I wondered; “How honest should I be with my wife? I mean, when she asks me how the soup is, do I say, “Honey, normally your soup is amazing. But even Mozart wrote some…

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I’m an optimist. Not even gravity can get me down. Recently I celebrated another birthday. A younger friend called and sang, “Hair Plugs Keep Fallin’ Off My Head.” I told him, “Hey! I feel pretty chipper. And last I checked no one had used the word ‘chipper’ for about 30 years.” Another friend didn’t celebrate…

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One holiday weekend, my friends Bob and Audrey left Winnipeg, Manitoba, their van piled high with sleeping bags and children, then steered across 1,000 miles of open prairie to see the in-laws in Michigan. Sunday night they headed for home, driving through the night. When Audrey offered to drive, Bob clambered into the back and…

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When I was a child, my parents weren’t able to afford much for Christmas, so I didn’t expect much. And the beauty of low expectations is that you’re content with almost anything. “A walnut, why thank you. You shouldn’t have.”  “Socks. Wow. I thought I was getting my brother’s old socks this year. But these…

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Mary Christmas

A grandfather lived a thousand miles from his nine grandkids. On December 1st he wrote a generous check to each of them. “This year you can buy your own present,” he wrote on the cards, then popped them in the mail. Christmas came and went. January passed. He wondered why he hadn’t heard from the…

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The Best Invitation We Could Get

I love invitations. Like this one from a friend celebrating a birthday. The card is all decked out in groovy 1970s colors. “Come on man,” it says, “It’s a ‘70s party. Can you dig it? Don your best polyester and platform shoes then boogie on over to my pad. It’ll be far out. Don’t be…

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Jesus Wept

What the shortest verse in the Bible, and the only A+ I got for memory verses in Sunday School, tells us about our Saviour. John 11 tells the amazing story of Jesus’ close friend Lazarus. Lazarus lived in Bethany with his sisters Mary and Martha. Martha was a good cook; she loved the kitchen and…

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Thankful for Supermoms

As a young Dad, I thought my wife had it easy. She stayed home with our little darlings as I worked my tail off at the office. Then our third child came along, and as my wife recovered in the hospital, I stayed home with the other two. They woke me up bright and early.…

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How to Win Success in Life

It’s impossible to have enough aviation jokes in your day, so here’s one to get things started. A guy asked his skydiving instructor, “If my parachute doesn’t open, and the reserve chute doesn’t open, how long do I have until I hit the ground?” The skydiving instructor said, “The rest of your life.” Well, when…

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