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Things I Learned From Listening To Children Play

Things I Learned From Listening To Children’s Play

November 11, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

What children tell us during their playtime can be very enlightening, encouraging, and sometimes just a wee bit frightening.

god isn't real but santa's bringing presents

God Isn’t Real But Santa Claus Is Bringing Presents

November 18, 2017 Long Read, Thought For The Day

β€œOn a busy day twenty-two thousand people come to visit Santa, and I was told that it is an elf’s lot to remain merry in the face of torment and adversity. I promised to keep that in mind.” ― David Sedaris Living with a seven-year-old around this time of year gets interesting. On one hand, she’s in second grade now and is learning all sorts of things. We are so very thankful that she’s learning. Heaven forbids the child toRead More

Surviving mornings when you're not a morning person

Surviving Mornings When You’re Not A Morning Person

I am not a morning person. Not even close. If it were up to me, my day would start somewhere around 10:00 and ease into work mode somewhere around noon. I start slow. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually been able to follow that schedule, though. Real life doesn’t care what my body’s natural rhythm is. There are deadlines to meet. People want answers now. Contacts over in Europe would really like meRead More

Raising children to be successful

Raising Children With Skills To Succeed

October 22, 2017 Long Read, Sunday Sermon

There may not be anything more important to ensure future success than to adopt world-class habits and perfect them daily. Source: 4 Habits the Highly Successful Have Mastered hildren. Raise your hand if you have some. Yes, the one with the drink in it is fine. I probably have mentioned a few thousand times that I have three boys. They’re all pretty much grown with ages ranging from 19 to 25. I’m proud of them but realistic in recognizing thatRead More

The Rise and Fall of Mayberry

The Rise And Fall Of Mayberry

August 6, 2017 Long Read, Social Observation

Note: This article was previously published on the Old Man’s other website. We’ve moved it over here to help populate the place a bit. Andy needs a gun and Opie’s moving meth.     Smalltown America has always been an important part of who we are as a country. Back in 1960, Producer Sheldon Leonard worked with a then little-known comedian named Andy Griffith to create a television show that would look at the humorous-yet-wholesome side of small-town living. GriffithRead More