Dreaming in the dark

My eyes opened to darkness. Outside our window, the street lights brought some illumination to the pavement and yards below, but the thick, black darkness filled our home. I moved my head to the left, seeing the glowing red numbers of my alarm clock. Not quite 5 a.m. I was curled in an odd, notContinue reading “Dreaming in the dark”

The Snowball Method: An Update

What a feeling. If you’re just tuning in, some months ago I decided to apply what’s known as The Snowball Method of what remains of my large debts. It’s all steps toward as much of a debt-free life as I can muster, and to show my son that no, debt is not just ‘something you’llContinue reading “The Snowball Method: An Update”

A moment of play, a moment of reflection

Tonight I sat on the couch and stared. Just stared down at the scene in front of me as though I was witnessing the miraculous. And in my mind I was. There, on the floor, humming a little song to himself, was our son, now two and in full-on toddler mode, playing. Just playing. WithContinue reading “A moment of play, a moment of reflection”

“I’m sorry” – stopping the bad habit of apologizing too much

“I’m sorry” – two little words, often used by most people to apologize when they’ve done something wrong. I need to emphasize that – when they’ve done something wrong. However, I have had a very bad habit for a very long part of my life and that is apologizing for things that are not myContinue reading ““I’m sorry” – stopping the bad habit of apologizing too much”

Gardening takes longer with a toddler

Meg and I recently decided to attack our gardening for the year, and that meant cleaning out the beds, weeding, laying down dirt and peet moss and of course, planting. Seems like an easy checklist, but not exactly the easiest of tasks with the little guy at an age when he wants to be intoContinue reading “Gardening takes longer with a toddler”

Day in the Life – a photo essay

Whether they know it or not, everyone has a story to tell. However, some folks never tell their stories because they think they have nothing to say – that their life is too boring. It’s with that in mind, that I set out to create a photo essay that took something routine and mundane –Continue reading “Day in the Life – a photo essay”

Debt Chains and the Snowball Effect

Whether it’s writing a check for your car payment or clicking ‘pay online’ for that student loan installment, carrying around debt can often times feel like you’re dragging along the undead chains of Jacob Marley. That’s why I’ve already started the ball rolling in the past few months on what I want to take full-strengthContinue reading “Debt Chains and the Snowball Effect”

The Zen of Shaving

One of the finest Christmas presents I’ve ever received in my adult life was a few years ago when my wife gave me my very own shaving kit that she assembled. There were no cheap, disposable razors in here. No, no. In the set was a nice, chrome stand that held a badger-hair shaving brushContinue reading “The Zen of Shaving”

Shattered

I learned how to remove (and eventually replace) a window pane on a French door recently. Why such a specific lesson, you ask? Because while playing around and being a little maniac, as little kids are supposed to be, our little guy used his head to shatter one of the panes on the doors leadingContinue reading “Shattered”

A season of purging, a life (hopefully) more simple

I’m not one for resolutions. Heck, I will fully admit how boring I am that I’m not that into New Year’s at all. Not to sound like a grumpy old man, as I have no ill-will towards people celebrating, it’s just that these days, for me, it’s merely the turn of a calendar page. Hey,Continue reading “A season of purging, a life (hopefully) more simple”