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May 1, 2019

I rarely notice squirrels. When they climb Rita's birdfeeder and scatter sunflower seeds all over the corner of our patio, I curse them mildly. But if I see one perched on a tree branch, I certainly don’t squeal with amazement, “Look a squirrel!” That’s because here in...

September 18, 2018

Dear Parents:

So your kids are back in school and trying to figure out where they fit in and how they might find success. It's a classic challenge for teenagers of every era.

Wouldn't it be tremendous if you could have a long, laughter-filled conversation about...

July 12, 2016


March 24, 2016


Dear Moms and Dads:

Every field of endeavor needs a creative spark. And your brilliant kids can provide it! How can you encourage that spark?  Consider . . .

1.  When your four year old proudly presents you with a drawing of what looks like a porcupine playing piano...

March 1, 2016


Dear Married Friends:

One of the oldest running jokes in the world is how kids put a halt to romance.  And believe me, I get the joke.

The distraction begins with the last trimester of pregnancy with your first child and ends when your youngest child leaves home.  T...

January 26, 2016


Hey February Shoppers:

Instead of spending $4 on a schmaltzy disposable card, grab a copy of my new book 52 Ways to Connect as a Couple.

That book -- hot off the presses -- guarantees some direct and instant benefits:  More and better kisses.  A quicker en...

January 21, 2016


Hey Friends:

The good folks at Knox Presbyterian in Naperville, Illinois have given me a proverbial whack along the side of the head.  And I'm still a bit dazed.

I wrote this nice book called What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? and it was never supposed to actu...

January 7, 2016



Hi Friends:

So last week I took my daughter, Rae, to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I have three follow up thoughts to share.  (No worry, no spoilers here.)

First, there were a lot of other middle-aged guys accompanied by their teenage or college age son or...

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