[Book Review]: “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

When I set a goal to read 20 books this year, I did not expect to complete book #20 by the end of March. My wife told me that she thinks I have become a bit compulsive in my reading. I think she is probably right. As I sit with a book and multicolored highlighters—making […]

Today is my 7th Anniversary… and my Youngest Child is 9…HMMMMMMM

Did the headline get you to read this? I hope so! Seven years ago today, March 26, 2008, I had my last bite of dessert—my last slice of pie, my last piece of cake, my last box of cookies, my last bowl of ice cream…to be honest, I don’t remember exactly what it was. But […]

So, What’s the Story?

Last week, I had a complete stranger tell me that I had a fascinating story that needed to be told. He is a psychologist at Rush Hospital, a prestigious teaching hospital in the heart of Chicago. Now before I get too far into this story, you probably want to know why I was talking to […]

[Book Review]: “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson

For some reason unbeknownst to me, I have always been fascinated by submarines, sunken ships, and other notable disasters of the 20th century. I have read about (and researched) the sinking of the Titanic, Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross Antarctica (along with the sinking of his ship, the Endurance), and the Hindenberg disaster. So […]

It’s Quiet…Very Quiet. Too Quiet?

Nope! The family has gone out of town for the weekend to visit my daughter in Cincinnati. An unfortunately timed bout with “digestive distress” has left me at home by myself. But fret not for me. My daughter was home last weekend, so I did see her very recently. And the peaceful silence I am […]

[Book Review]: “Whatever the Cost” by David and Jason Benham

As a man, I am driven to pursue my dreams, refusing to let them die, and fighting for them until they slip beyond my grasp with no hope of being recaptured. To willingly let go of a dream that is still attainable because God is leading me in another direction is so difficult, and it […]

[Book Review]: “The Book of Man” by William J. Bennett

Portioned out into six categories, “The Book of Man” is a terrific book to share with males from 7 to 107, as it shares stories, quotes, examples, and poetry from nearly every area of a man’s life: Man in War Man at Work Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure Man in the Polis Man with […]

Four Tips to Lose Your “Grumpy” and Regain Your Efficiency

“How you start your day is often how the rest of your day will go. Let’s start productive.”-Jonathan Milligan I haven’t been very productive for the last few days…my lack of productivity has been a source of grumpiness for me, and, as a result, I have slid into a small downward spiral away from all […]

To all of my homeschooling friends, please feel free to share this survey with other homeschool families. I am developing some online resources to help homeschoolers teach math more effectively, particularly at the level of middle school and above. Your feedback is critical to the development of these resources. Thank you!

Grieve Not for Thomas…

This week, a couple at our church experienced the most devastating and painful of tragedies that any parent can imagine-the death of their son, “Thomas” (not his real name). His death at the age of 26 was sudden and unexpected, but it was not completely surprising. You see, Thomas had struggled with drug addiction for […]