Effective communication.

There I was, legs awkwardly squished under a tiny wooden table, listening to the teacher discuss what was great, and not so great, about my grade-school son’s progress. At one point she turned directly to him to discuss his lousy penmanship and said “I know you have a lot of important stuff to share, but…

Listening to Understand..

What a difference a day makes. Had the Belk Bowl taken place 24 hours earlier, we would have been sitting on wet seats in a cold and unrelenting rain. Instead we enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon of football in weather that was more like September than December.     The game itself was a…

Hold that thought!

5:30am.. My husband is in a rush. I’m in the kitchen, boiling water for his “tea-to-go” and checking my e-mail. The estimate to install the tile just popped up in my in-box and it’s high.. really high. My husband flies down the stairs, splashes some cream into his steaming travel mug and charges for the…

Slow..quick quick..slow..

My husband and I have been taking ballroom dancing lessons. This was my Christmas present, but it took us until Spring to find.. ( no, to make ) ..the time to actually schedule our first lesson and go. It’s been good- really good– even tough we stink. 😏 Let’s face it, we aren’t vying for…

Musty, Old Love Letters

I remember a funny moment years ago when my daughter pointed at an ‘LP’ on display at the Smithsonian museum and exclaimed “Hey dad..check out this HUGE CD!!!”  She had never seen a vinyl record. My goodness, life does rapidly evolve, doesn’t it? Nowhere is that more evident than in how we communicate.  I still…

Connecting with others

Another great article from the New York Times. Just like the author, I too am deeply concerned that our kids’ lack of emotional connection with others can have very real (and potentially tragic) consequences. How else to explain the recent daytime gang rape on a beach in Florida where none of the “kids” partying within…