The Homeless Soul

I haven’t shared this with anybody until today. And I only do it today, because I am thinking of all my blessings at this time of Thanksgiving. About a month ago, I finished refereeing a soccer game, was hungry and looking for a sweet snack. I figured an oatmeal raisin cookie or two would do the trick.  I stopped by a grocery store on my way home, I bought my cookies and was leaving the store when I saw a homeless man sitting up against the wall. He had no…

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Do You Have The Courage to Laugh at Yourself?

I believe one of the greatest indicators of a person’s grip on reality is their ability to laugh at themselves.  It shows you can view yourself as both imperfect and flawed, and that you have courage to find the humor in your flawed ways. It takes courage to admit you are wrong, but to laugh about that wrongness takes a special talent. I know a lot of people that are uptight about their positions on almost any issue. They judge all their interactions with people as zero-sum affairs. In order…

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Organized Youth Sports & Lost Childhoods

Perhaps it is a sign of my aging, and the nostalgia for times past, but I am beginning to believe that suburban society and city life is not conducive to a carefree, emphasis on “free”, childhood. With the evening news constantly reporting the bad deed of the day, and amber alerts making child abductions seem commonplace, we have jailed our kids inside of our homes with video games and in overly structured activities. Gone are the days when kids had to figure out what to do for the next four…

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