Why it is Hard to Work at Home Reason 4: Motivation Of course, it is easy to stay motivated with nature’s role models showing the way. Somehow I think this little guy has inspired American Ninja Warriors everywhere. If we would extend ourselves in such a manner for basic needs, imagine what we would do […]

Many years back I went for a routine ride to the store to with my father-in-law, “RW”. Melanie and I had been in North Carolina for a short time and as RW strapped in shotgun in Mustang Sally on a hot summer day, I remembered the cooler climes of New York’s Hudson Valley. And that […]

Why It’s Hard to Work from Home: Reason 101 The sounds of nature. The attractions of nature that distract in a way to remind of its beauty. A tree frog hanging out at the home office. Brilliant green and with stillness to inspire. Cute and I admire its stick-to-it-ness. Back to work!

Why it’s Hard to Work from Home: Reason # 50 (approximate weight of distraction) A picture is worth… Well dogs already know that. They don’t really need a big vocabulary to tell you what they need. The invitation to play can be assertive. “Look! I’ve brought toys!” And if not answered in a timely fashion, […]

I can help but think we all have more time to think. Maybe it’s just staring at the gold of the years to come. Who knows? But here is a piece that I’ve adapted from a larger work on fatherhood. Seems like it has been bouncing around for ages…   “Ball” There is something magical […]

Puppies bring light and joy into family life, a never-ending source of new experiences. The same can be true of their always renewable energy. Boone, our bouncing 10-month old, has kept us on our toes—for different reasons—since his arrival. Over our short history he has offered generous helpings of love, play, laughter, cryptic furniture and […]

Kids don’t come with manuals on how to raise them. But kids don’t get handbooks on how life works either. It’s a learn as you go process, hopefully with reverent guidance and the experience of others to draw upon. Day to day, the ups and downs can be a kiddie coaster to ascents and free-falls […]

To me, nothing is as soothing as humor, especially when it bathes over pain. I think Mark Twain said something like, show me someone with a sense of humor and I will show you someone who knows what is serious. This becomes obvious when you come face to face with someone without a sense of […]

For more than two decades I have welcomed many weekend mornings in a space that has remembered me. I take a seat on the bench hoping to gracefully blend in with nature has already started. The birds come in shifts– bluebirds, morning doves… Woodpeckers peck metal and it rattles like a jackhammer. A hawk visits […]