there are places

I wrote a blog entry when both my children were in high school, about how parenting is a series of good-byes. And in reality, the truer statement might be that life is a series of good-byes. People and places we love and care for. Which eventually, often times more than once, we have to tearfully … More there are places

18 summers

Happy birthday to the loveliest of daughters….mine! Today she turns 18, and I’m reminded of what I’d say is the best parenting advice I ever heard. You only get 18 summers. It’s cliche but the years do fly by and then BOOM(!), it’s over. No longer children. The realization that a chapter of life is … More 18 summers

back to school

Labor Day evening.  As a child, I remember it well.  All the anticipation of a new school year about to begin the next day. Yet much has changed in the many years since I attended school.  Public school here in Lexington, Kentucky, began before mid August.  My son started classes at the University of Louisville … More back to school

joy, despite

It’s hard to be joyful when you’re not comfortable or happy with a situation.  Even when joy is warranted, when joy is expected, there can still be a bit of sadness.  Kind of like getting a promotion out of the department you worked in long enough to make friends.  Sure, you’re happy for the wage … More joy, despite