Joy Suckers

So last week, I had some very happy news to share. The nature of the news is less important than the context: HAPPY NEWS. Have you ever been really excited about something, but when you shared your great news, the feedback you received was less favorable than you expected? You buy the car you’ve had…

Transformations…

Renee owns an photography studio and gallery in central Illinois. She has quite a bit of talent which keeps her in demand year round. This week, a couple came in asking Renee for her services to do a photo shoot of their renewing of their wedding vows. “Very cool,” I said. “How long have they…

Fantasy vs. Reality

I’ve never been a fan of superheroes. Even as a kid, the concept of a superhero—or a super villain, for that matter—struck me as implausible and super silly. I mean, who could believe that stuff? I knew that I was far from invincible, as were the rest of the people in my life. What good…

It’s Not Your Nightmare…

Last night I dreamed that my brother, Mike, was PIGGING OUT on French fries. I mean he was shoveling them in his mouth like he expected to win a contest. But here’s the thing–the thing that makes sense only in a dream or under the influence of hallucinogens: my brother ate…BUT I GOT FAT! And…

When Curiosity Does NOT Pay

[The story takes place in Baghdad, Iraq, circa 389 A.D.] “2,387,447,” Yasin counted. “2,387,448,” he continued. “Yasin,” his friend, Anshu, walked up on Yasin in the field and interrupted. “What are you doing?” “Sssh,” Yasin chastened without looking up. “2,387,449. And 2,387,450.” Yasin said as he scratched a number into the ground with a stick….

What Would You Do?

Jerry and Alana made friends with some new neighbors on the block, Ted and Joyce. Ted and Joyce seemed like fantastic people. Ted and Joyce  purchased the nicest home on the street, proving to Jerry and Alana that the new neighbors had great taste. Then Derick, Jerry and Alana’s son, told his parents that the…

Crossing Bridges…

One common English idiom touts the wisdom of delaying plans or worries about an upcoming event by saying that we can “Cross that bridge when we come to it.” This makes perfect sense. We can’t cross a bridge when it’s way off in the distance somewhere, can we? Of course not. That’s like getting a…

Negative, Positive or Pollyanna?

I consider myself a positive person. Stop laughing. I am. But maybe I should define terms. Negative person hears “I’ve been watching you. You do good work. So I’m going to give you a promotion and more money, too.” Negative person thinks “My boss has been spying on me. He just admitted it. Now he’s…

Relationships Demystified: Kenny Rogers’ Style

Unless you were repeatedly dropped on your head as a child, you know the song from Kenny Rogers called The Gambler. Just in case, here’s a little refresher: You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run. And that’s all you…

The Winter of Our Discontent…

Today I wrote a guest blog for a good buddy of mine, Sam Glenn. I would love for you to meet him. You can find my blog and learn more about Sam Glenn by following me down here. Have a wonderful day!

Calling All Sickies…

Ever notice how you can be walking down the street or watching TV or having a great time with your friends, when all of sudden you get sick out of nowhere? One minute, you’re going about your day, and then one sneeze or one cough makes you go POOOF! You’re transformed from well to sick…

Man Plans, God Laughs.

I hope the pen that originally wrote these words didn’t roll off the table hara-kiri style after inserting that final period. If so, that pen may have missed out on the opportunity to laugh a lot that day. Might even have lost out on some unexpected blessings, too. Here’s my 24-hour take on things, starting…